This book examines proclivity to gecide in the protracted killings that have continued for decades in the rthern Nigeria eth-religious conflict, spanning from the 1966 rthern Nigeria massacres of thousands of Ibos up to the present, ongoing killings between extremist Muslims and Christians or n-Muslims in the region. It explores the ethnic and religious dimensions of the conflict over five phases to investigate gecidal proclivity to the killings and the extent to which religion foments and escalates the conflict. This book adopts a conceptual analytic approach of establishing similarity of gecidal patterns to the rthern Nigeria eth-religious conflict by examining gecidal occurrences and massacres in history, particularly the twentieth-century contemporary gecides, for an understanding of gecide. With this reference frame, the study structures a Gecide Proclivity Model for identifying inclinations to gecide and derives a substantive theory using the Strauss and Corbin (1990) approach. By identifying gecidal intent as underlying the various manifestations and causes of gecide in specific gecide cases, the book establishes that gecidal proclivity or the intent to exterminate the other on the basis of religion and/or ethnicity underlies most of the rthern Nigerian episodic, but protracted, killings. The book's analytic framework and approach are grounded in identifiable and provable evidences of specific intent to annihilate the other, mostly involving extremist Muslims intent to 'cleanse' rthern Nigeria of Christians and other n-Muslims through the 'exclusionary ideology' of imposition of the Sharia Law, and to 'force assimilation' or 'extermination' through massacres and gecidal killings of those who refuse to assimilate or adopt the Muslim ideology. The study establishes that the gecidal inclinations to the conflict have remained latent because of the intermittent but protracted nature of the killings and lends credence to the conception of gecidal intent and its covertness in situations of gecidal intermittency. The book unearths the latency of episodic gecide in the rthern Nigeria eth-religious conflict, prescribes recommendations, and launches a clarion call for international intervention to stop the gecide.
Grace Okoye is a conflict resolution practitioner from Nigeria. She holds a PhD in conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University.