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Due to its religious makeup, Kaduna has been the scene of religious tension between Muslims and Christians, particularly over the implementation of shari'a law in Kaduna State beginning in 2001.In February 2000, nearly 1,000 people were killed in a riot and several cars and houses were burned to ashes.

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Rapid urbanization over the past decade has created an increasingly large population, now estimated to be around 1.3 million.

Kaduna's name derives from the Hausa word "kada" for crocodile ("kaduna" being the plural form).

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, political economist, lawyer and former United Nations official, is Professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

He is the Founder of Sogato Strategies LLC, an emerging markets risk, strategy and macroeconomic advisory firm, and a Senior Adviser of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF).

Kaduna is the state capital of Kaduna State in north-western Nigeria, on the Kaduna River, is a trade center and a major transportation hub for the surrounding agricultural areas with its rail and road junction.