There were reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice.
In May local media reported that in the village of Kaoura, Badaguishiri, in the Tahoua region, villagers attacked a group of preachers and members of the Kitab Wa Sunna Islamic association, killing one person and injuring 16. Kitab Wa Sunna leaders reported the incident to the MOI but did not file a legal complaint after local government officials, traditional chiefs, and religious leaders mediated between the parties to restore peace.
In May in Maradi two Muslim groups, the Tijaniya and Izala, clashed over various divergent interpretations of Islamic doctrine. The incident was preceded by the publication of various voice-recordings where one group mocked the other. There were no deaths recorded from the clashes; however, fist-fighting and attacks with handheld melee weapons left some injured. Police dispersed the groups but made no arrests. Other Muslim leaders and traditional chiefs mediated between the rival groups and were able to settle the dispute; however, observers said that tensions persisted.
Nongovernmental organizations sponsored events supporting tolerance, non-discrimination, and dialogue. In Diffa the Nigerien Association for the Call for Islamic Solidarity organized a conference on intrafaith dialogue. The event brought together 100 persons from four Muslim groups: Qadriya, Izala, Shia, and Tijaniya.
The Muslim-Christian interfaith forum continued to function in all regions of the country. The forum promoted cooperation among religious leaders from a range of religious groups as members of the forum met regularly to discuss community peace and other matters of mutual concern. Additionally, the forum successfully mediated disputes stemming from perceived religious biases.
It was common for Muslims and Christians to attend one another’s festivities during their respective holidays.