Nigeria has been ranked third on the latest Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report, behind Afghanistan and Iraq which were adjudged to have been more badly affected by terrorism.
According to the report, the number of terrorism-related deaths dropped from 2,043 in 2018 to 1,245 in 2019, a 39.1 percent reduction.
The decline, the 2020 report said, was caused by a “fall in terrorism deaths attributed to Fulani extremists.
“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at their peak in 2014.”
Also, two of the Global Terrorism Index’s most fatal terrorist attacks in the world in 2019 were recorded in Nigeria with the Boko Haram attacks on Radu and Rann villages in Borno State ranking 8th and 10th, respectively.
The GTI also reported, “ISIL’s shift to sub-Saharan Africa meant that the region recorded the second-highest number of terrorism deaths, even after accounting for the substantial fall in Nigeria.”