June 14th, 2011
04:40 PM ET

Muslim leader says violence in Nigeria is political, not religious

By Christian Purefoy, CNN

Every week CNN International's African Voices highlights Africa's most engaging personalities, exploring the lives and passions of people who rarely open themselves up to the camera. 

With some 70 million followers, Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar is the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslim population.

As heir to the 200-year-old throne of West Africa's 19th-century Caliphate Empire, Abubakar is one of the most influential traditional rulers in the region.

Four years after he was appointed Sultan of Sokoto, he reigns at a time of deepening religious division in Nigeria, a nation almost evenly divided between Muslims and Christians.

Read the full story on the rise of Islam in Nigeria
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Nigeria • Violence

soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Gutter Protection

    Absolutely pent articles, Really enjoyed reading.

    July 4, 2013 at 3:52 am |
1 2
About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.