According to a report by the International Crisis Group (ICG), the herdsmen-farmers crisis has killed six times more people than Boko Haram insurgency in 2018.
The report which was released on Thursday, July 26, 2018, the group said the violence which is concentrated in north-central states has led to the loss of more than 1,300 people in the first six months of 2018.
Citing a United Nations official, ICG said Boko Haram insurgency, killed “over 200” people in the first six months of the year, comparing it with 1,300 deaths from clashes between farmers and herdsmen. The report said that:
“The government should prosecute perpetrators of violence, disarm ethnic militias and local vigilantes, and begin executing long-term plans for comprehensive livestock sector reform.
“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”.
“The federal government has taken welcome but insufficient steps to halt the killings”.
The current administration has been accused of not doing enough to tackle the problem.
In 2015, the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), ranked herdsmen as the 4th deadliest terror group in the world.