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Nigerians Rally for Violence Conference

Hundreds of activists gathered in southern Nigeria on Saturday to rally support for an opposition conference, backed by the Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka, to end ethnic and political violence in Africa’s most populous nation. Supporters of the planned conference — its starting date has not been announced — are also calling for greater autonomy for Nigeria’s regions, with several advocating the break up of the country. The “sovereign national conference” will be held in opposition to an ongoing government-organized constitutional conference, which is due to end later this month with a list of proposed constitutional amendments. More 500 supporters turned out for Saturday’s rally. Most of them were members of southern ethnic organizations, including the southern Yoruba militia and the Oodua People’s Congress, which has been involved in bloody ethnic clashes in Nigeria’s main city, Lagos, over the past five years. Full Story

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