Perhaps Nigerians, especially those living in Southern regions, had no idea how grave the herdsmen and farmers clashes have been.

A non-government organization had made a shocking revelation on the casualties recorded in the violence.

The group in a report released on Thursday, said between January and June this year, herdsmen attacks have claimed more lives than Boko Haram insurgency that has lasted for 9 years.

The group, the International Crisis Group, ICG noted that the trend posed a major threat to Nigeria’s stability.



The think-tank said in a report that the violence, concentrated in central states and largely driven by competition over dwindling arable land amid a rapidly growing population, killed more than 1,300 people in 6 months.

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“Now claiming about six times more civilian lives than the Boko Haram insurgency, the conflict poses a grave threat to the country’s stability and unity, and it could affect the 2019 general elections,” said ICG in its report.

The think-tank cited a United Nations official as saying that the Boko Haram insurgency, which since 2009 has aimed to create an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria, killed “over 200” people in the first six months of the year.

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“The federal government has taken welcome but insufficient steps to halt the killings,” said ICG.

It said the government should “prosecute perpetrators of violence, disarm ethnic militias and local vigilantes, and begin executing long-term plans for comprehensive livestock sector reform”.

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