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sect48. Another largest estimated displacement was 90,000 people who were reported to have fled Damaturu city in Yobe State following deadly attacks in late December, said North-East Nigeria Coordinator for NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye49.

Burning, Destruction of Places of Worship Section 38 of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution enshrines religious freedom, entitling citizens to freely exercise the right to worship and exercise their faith and thoughts. Under international law50 religion and freedom of thought or conscience are individual and corporate matters deserving protection. Whether attacks carried out in the name of religion by individuals or by states; violations of the rights of individuals or communities as a result of their religious beliefs; violent confrontations between religious groups and other matters related to religion are all generating keen interest among policy makers, academics and security experts, especially following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. There are growing concerns that the fundamental rights and freedoms of local residents living in the violence-ravaged communities to worship freely have been seriously threatened and violated by the violent activities of extremist groups and in the course of the government’s antiinsurgency operations. Nothing depicts the infringement on religious liberties more than the rash of arson that has destroyed more than 56 churches and mosques, and resulted in the death of hundreds of worshippers. Acknowledging that the onslaught on Christians and church properties are unprovoked, detained Boko Haram leaders - Abu Qaqa and Kabiru Sokoto – told State Security Service (SSS) detectives that the attacks are directly linked to their campaign to Islamise Nigeria, starting with the North, as a lot of Muslims were not practicing the religion faithfully as they should. It is unclear when burning, desecrating, or damaging religious properties became a popular strategy for containing the insurgency. However, evidence shows that the practice is not recent.

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Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Mr. Isola Michael Adeyemi, disclosed this in Abuja, at the third annual lecture/merit award ceremony where the Best Governor of the Year 2011, was conferred on Governor IsaYuguda by Press Gallery Newspapers at Merit House, Maitama, Abuja. 49 Punch Newspaper, January 19, 2012 50 Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which asserts that "Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status." DEMOLISHING FOUNDATIONS OF PEACE

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