Global Terrorism Index 2019: Fulani Crisis Killed More than Boko Haram in 2018

11/22/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The global Terrorism Index, which monitors and ranks countries based off the impact terrorism plays n their societies, said that in 2018, Fulani militant attacks left more people dead than all Boko Haram attacks. Despite this, the Fulani militants have not been designated as terrorists by any groups currently. This is because it is hard to identify those who are perpetrating these attacks and what their specific motives are.

GTI also said that though terrorism in Nigeria has mostly been in the northeast of the country for the past two decades, this crisis shows a shift more towards the Middle Belt region. The report said terror-related incidents in Nigeria increased from 411 in 2017 to 562 in 2018. These incidents took the lives of more than 2000 people across the country, up from about 1500 in 2017. These are roughly the same findings that we at ICC made late last year.

The massive increase in attacks and total deaths shows that the fight against terrorism and extremism in Nigeria is not going well. They have been struggling as groups like Boko Haram and Fulani militants continue to increase their power and operating space. It is very concerning to see the spread of the attacks instead of them being held to a specific area or stopped everywhere.

For the fifth consecutive year, the GTI ranked Nigeria as the third most impacted country in the world by terrorism. The only two countries which ranked higher were Iraq and Afghanistan. Nigeria continues to rank in the top 15 on the Open Doors World Watch list as well. Please continue to pray for those of our brothers and sisters who suffer at the hands of extremism in Nigeria.

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