Excellent analysis of the ongoing conflict in Jos here from August last year. Download the pdf here. It really gives you a detailed analysis of what has been going on in Jos in recent times. The conclusion is much the same as my own previous post - that the concept of "indigene" is inimical to Nigeria's future:
"No writer that I am aware of is making the argument for untrammelled indigene sovereignty at the local government level, and national integration be damned. All, including the scholars among the Plateau indigenes, agree that the free movement of Nigerian citizens throughout the country, and their right to do business, own property, and, most importantly, to participate in local politics, wherever they choose to reside, must be effectuated if the nation is to survive and thrive. The present extension of claimed indigene rights to political control of LGAs, by fraud or by force if necessary, should be curtailed. But this must apply all over the nation, so everyone is put on an equal footing everywhere. This implies federal legislation or perhaps even constitutional amendment, plus a determined national effort at realisation."
Anyone who wants a robust understanding of the crisis in Jos should take the time to download, print and read the article.
If any re-branding needs to be done in Nigeria, it is this: that Nigerians come to see themselves as Nigerian first, and members of a particular ethnic group second. Nigerians are in this together, not apart. It will be a long slow and still bumpy process, but legal/constitutional intervention is required sooner or later to solve the deep roots of conflict zones such as Plateau State.
Thanks to Thomas for the reference to the Philip Ostien article.