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Peace and Reconciliation Through Interreligious Dialogue in Nigeria

With over 182 million inhabitants comprising over 500 ethnic groups (according to the 2015 census), Nigeria has an almost even split between Islam and Christianity. According to a recent United Nations report, Nigeria is projected to overtake the United States as the third-most populous country in the world by 2050. Currently it boasts the largest economy in Africa. Rising tensions along religious, regional, ethnic and political fault lines have damaged interreligious relations in Nigeria, which are under even more pressure due to the lack of sustained dialogue and a competition for available resources. Northeastern Nigeria, in particular, has also witnessed an increase in violence by extremist groups such as Boko Haram, seeking to manipulate religious identity in Nigeria for political ends. These violent acts have threatened social cohesion in this historically diverse and multireligious society.