The resurgence of the Boko Haram menace has propelled Nigeria to third on the terror list based on the 2018 Global Terrorism Index.
The report which was released on Wednesday blamed the increasing and constant violence involving Fulani herdsmen and insurgents of Boko Haram.
Nigeria is ranked only below Iraq and Afghanistan, both in first and second positions respectively.
Thousands of Nigerians have been murdered in attacks from both terrorist groups especially in clashes between the herders and farmers/communities.
Some of the states worst hit in the attacks are Plateau, Benue, Zamfara, and Taraba, among others.
Excerpt from the report reads:
“The largest falls in the number of deaths occurred in Iraq, Nigeria, and Pakistan, with falls of 6,466, 5,950, and 912 deaths respectively”.
“Boko Haram, once the world’s deadliest terror group, has experienced a significant decline since its peak in 2014.
“However, the group remains the most active terrorist organisation in Nigeria and until 2017 was the deadliest terror group in sub-Saharan Africa.
“Nigeria’s counterterrorism response in combatting Boko Haram has been interrupted by the emergence of other extremist groups, most notably the Fulani herder extremists.
“The Fulani herder extremists have attacked civilians and military forces in the country. However, the sizeable drop in deaths and terror incidents since 2014 indicate the success of Nigeria’s Civilian Join Task Force and international coalitions.
“Alongside its counterinsurgency plan, the Nigerian government also struggles with negotiations and reintegration efforts regarding its long-term strategy to deal with Boko Haram and its associates.”