Nigerian National Assembly calls for gov't probing into Gaddafi's statement

08:43, March 19, 2010      

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The Nigerian National Assembly on Thursday ordered the country's government to investigate Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's statement over recent violence in northern Nigeria.

Gaddafi suggested on Tuesday that Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, can resolve its perennial violence only by separating into Christians and Muslims nations, a report by state- run Jana news agency said.

The Libyan leader described the recent Jos violence as a "deep conflict of religious nature". He also said the sectarian violence that hit Nigeria was the product of the federal state of Nigeria that was made and imposed by the British in spite of the people's resistance to it.

The National Assembly urged the Nigerian government to liaise with the United Nations to compel Gaddafi to stop calling for the division of Nigeria.

It also called on the African Union to investigate Gaddafi's role in fuelling recent crisis in Jos, capital of the northern Nigeria's Plateau state.

Local newspaper Next reported on Thursday that David Mark, the senate president, on Wednesday reacted angrily to the reported remarks of the Libyan leader.

Jos was rocked by violence on March 7 this year amid Muslim- Christian clashes during which the police said 109 people were killed, mostly women and children.

The violence occurred weeks after hundreds died in local sectarian violence.

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