“A group of international crises” (a Brussels-based non-governmental organization) said in a report published on Monday that “8,000 people have been killed in the northwestern states of Nigeria since 2011 as a result of attacks by armed groups” and that the region lives “under the threat of attacks.”
In the report, entitled “Violence in Northwest Nigeria: Reducing Unrest,” the organization added that it had noted an increase in violence in the past nine years in the northwestern states of Nigeria, which was previously considered “one of the safest areas in the country.”
The report indicated that 200,000 people living in the northwestern states of the country migrated to the neighboring country of Niger because of the bad security conditions, despite all the security operations and peace efforts being made in the region.
The report pointed out that the state of “Zamfara” was the most affected by the terrorist operations, as 200,000 Nigerians were forced to migrate, while 60,000 others sought refuge in Niger.
In addition to Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and Jigawa states, in northwestern Nigeria, are experiencing violence, according to the report.
For 4 years ago, Nigeria is witnessing violent conflicts between ethnic Fulani practiced animal husbandry, and some of the other tribes engaged in agriculture.
Since 2009, violence by the “Boko Haram” group has killed more than 20,000 people, displacing millions in Nigeria.
Boko Haram is an armed Nigerian organization, founded in January 2002, calling for strict application of Islamic law in all states, even southern Christian-majority states, and announced in March 2015 its affiliation with the terrorist organization ISIS.