Multiple conflicts in the six regions of Nigeria have claimed more than 60,000 lives in the last decade, findings from research on the various security challenges afflicting the country.
The conflicts ranging from insurgency, criminal banditry, farmer-herder conflicts, and violent separatist agitations have defied the kinetic approaches favoured by the federal government, according to the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD).
In the report titled “Multiple Nodes, Common Causes: National Stock-take of Contemporary Insecurity and State Responses in Nigeria,” the CDD called on the federal government and other stakeholders to devise new approaches to curtail the threat as all the six regions were faced with security challenges.
The report noted that over 14,000 people had been killed in the North West in the last decade, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), 2022 data, while 11,000 people had been killed in incidents of violence and crime across North Central states since 2006, according to the Nigeria Watch Database.
Boko Haram and its splinter group, ISWAP, it said, had sustained an uprising against the Nigerian state that caused over 35,000 deaths (350,000 when second-order effects are counted) and left two million internally displaced people in the northeastern states of Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba.