THE ONGOING STRUGGLE FOR NIGERIA / by Alistair Galloway

Nigeria, whose population is roughly divided between Christianity and Sunni-majority Islam, is witnessing an ever increasing growth in Iranian-Shiite influence. From Nigerian independence in the 1960s, Saudi Arabia had taken the initiative to spread Sunni Islam in the country and so Iran’s burgeoning influence can be seen as a direct challenge with potential sectarian ramifications. There is, currently much dispute as to the proportion of the Nigerian population made up of Shiites, with disgruntled Sunni Muslims rejecting the figure of 20 million proposed by some.