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Insecurity: Almost 26,000 Nigerians killed in Buhari’s first term —Report

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Jude Johnson 

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About 26,000 Nigerians were killed in Nigeria as a result of growing insecurity in the first four years of President Muhammadu Buhari.


The figure was released by the Nigeria Security Tracker on June 1, 2019, a project run by the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonprofit think tank specialising in United States foreign policy and international affairs.


According to the report compiled by the former United  States Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, and obtained by Global Sentinel on Tuesday, the number of 25, 794 represents those killed by different insurgent groups and Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, herdsmen, and people who died due to extra-judicial activities of the military.


It gave a breake down of the scope of the deaths from June 2015 to May 2019, when Buhari had his first tenure, with Borno State suffering the highest casualties recording 9,303 deaths, followed by Zamfara (1,963) and Adamawa (1,529).

Other states that witnessed harvest of deaths as captured in the map include: Kaduna (1,488), Plateau (771), Taraba (649), Benue (1,642), Niger (252) Rivers (730), Cross River (467),  and Ogun (301) in that other.

Graphical illustration revealed that the highest casualties were recorded in July 2015 (1,299) and January 2019 (1,077).


Within the four years timeline, members of the Boko Haram sect were responsible for 5,598 deaths, while sectarian violence, including the herdsmen-farmers crisis, led to 4,917 deaths.


State actors alone, including the military, were said to have killed 4,068 people.
During the tenure of former President Goodluck Jonathan (June 2011 to May 2015), a total of 34,884 people were reportedly killed across the country.


The highest record of casualties was in March 2014, when 3,456 Nigerians were killed.


Boko Haram and the military were jointly responsible for 12,765 deaths.


The Council on Foreign Relations, while explaining the methodology behind the data, said it relied on media reports.


The report said, “The Nigeria Security Tracker tracks violence that is both causal and symptomatic of Nigeria’s political instability and citizen alienation. The data are based on weekly surveys of Nigerian and international media.


“The data start with May 29, 2011, the date of Goodluck Jonathan’s inauguration as president. It was an event that highlighted the increasing bifurcation of the country on regional and religious lines. The NST is updated weekly.


“Relying on press reports of violence presents methodological limitations. There is a dearth of accurate reporting across certain regions, death tolls are imprecise, and accounts of incidents vary. There is the potential for political manipulation of media. Given these limitations, the NST makes every effort to collect information from multiple sources. Nevertheless, NST statistics should be viewed as indicative rather than definitive.”

Read full report:

Nigeria Security Tracker

Tracker by John Campbell and Last updated June 1, 2019

The Council on Foreign Relations’s Nigeria Security Tracker is an effort to catalog and map political violence based on a weekly survey of Nigerian and international press. The data presented includes violent incidents related to political, economic, and social grievances directed at the state or other affiliative groups (or conversely the state employing violence to respond to those incidents.)

The Nigeria Security Tracker (NST), a project of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Africa program, documents and maps violence in Nigeria that is motivated by political, economic, or social grievances. Different groups in Nigeria resort to violence. The militant Islamist movement Boko Haram is active in northern Nigeria. Violence among ethnic groups, farmers, and herdsmen sometimes acquires religious overtones. A new generation of Niger Delta militants threatens war against the state. Government soldiers kill civilians indiscriminately. Police are notorious for extrajudicial murder.

Methodology

The Nigeria Security Tracker (NST) tracks violence that is both causal and symptomatic of Nigeria’s political instability and citizen alienation. The data are based on weekly surveys of Nigerian and international media.

The data start with May 29, 2011, the date of Goodluck Jonathan’s inauguration as president. It was an event that highlighted the increasing bifurcation of the country on regional and religious lines. The NST is updated weekly.

Relying on press reports of violence presents methodological limitations. There is a dearth of accurate reporting across certain regions, death tolls are imprecise, and accounts of incidents vary. There is the potential for political manipulation of media. Given these limitations, the NST makes every effort to collect information from multiple sources. Nevertheless, NST statistics should be viewed as indicative rather than definitive. Download the whole dataset as an excel spreadsheet here.

For more details on conflict in sub-Saharan Africa, please see the Sub-Saharan Security Tracker.

Credits| Council on Foreign Relations


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