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Remembering How The 1980 Kano Riot Led By Maitatsine And His Followers Claimed About 4,500 Lives

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Many do not know this riot, but in 1980, a riot broke out in Nigeria's northern region, Maitatsine was the main leader of the riot, leading to many bad factors in Nigeria then. "His real name was Cameroon-born Muhammadu Marwa, who was based in Kano, an Islamic scholar who did not support the Nigerian government, which led to his nickname Maitatsine, meaning"he who damns".

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In the northern states and Nigeria as a whole and some other African countries, he was famous, his popularity was so much that he began to regard himself as a prophet and his followers (Congregations) regarded him as the prophet of Prophet Muhammad's own God. Because of his condemnation of Western education, his key justification and criticism for the riot and war is, maybe he thinks, that Western education would corrupt children's minds. Another significant critique of him was Western culture, which he claimed would cut short that of Nigerians in Western culture. Technology was his other critique, he considered those parents who sent their kids to school as an Infidel, meaning a person who does not recognize his own God.

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The primary reason he is usually compared to Boko Haram is because of their view of Western education, Western culture, etc. His huge crowd of followers was mainly young men who were poor workers pursuing education if they were educated about Islam, but many saw them as hooligans and criminals. That was when an anti-government message was sent from Maitatsine. On December 18, 1980, a war broke out in Kano State with this kind of post, killing about 4,500 people, including Maitatsine himself, who was killed in his riot. His body was held in police custody by high authorities after his death, then another riot took place between that time and 1985, leading to the killing of numerous Muslims and Christians in the northern region.

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