The Violent Road: Violence in Nigeria

The issue of armed violence is becoming more and more noticed as a major problem in Nigeria.  The recent kidnapping of hundreds of girls has highlighted the deep rooted issues of violence in this West African power. The truth is that Nigeria is, and has been for a long while, one of the African countries […]

The Violent Road: comprehensive report on Nigerian armed violence by AOAV

Armed violence has damaged the economic and social wellbeing of Nigeria, according to a joint report by AOAV and local groups working against armed violence in Nigeria. A chronic failure to record and monitor the impact of armed violence has also hampered efforts to address this violence head on. The report was written by the National […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s South West

Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo Politics The South West region is home to two of Nigeria’s three largest cities: Lagos and Ibadan. As a national and continental economic hub, Lagos sees a high level of political demonstrating, some of which has turned violent. The city saw high rates of rioting in January 2012, when […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s South East

Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo Politics As elsewhere in Nigeria, politics and armed violence have been closely interlinked in the South East region, with formal political processes and electoral cycles frequently accompanied by violence. Arms made available to political thugs during election periods have a deep link to post-election violence in the region. It is […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s South South

Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Rivers Politics Economics, politics and armed violence are often closely interlinked in the region. With political elites buffered by proceeds from oil revenue, governance in the region is weak and often unaccountable, subsequently making limited progress addressing underlying drivers of conflict in the region.270 The large urban centre […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s North West

Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara Politics Politics in Northern Nigeria are often framed in terms of binary narratives that pitch the country’s North against South, or its Muslim population against its Christian community. These narratives mask much more complex dynamics. In the North West, violence has often accompanied key political junctures such as electoral […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s North East

Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe Politics Discussions of politics in Nigeria are frequently characterised in terms of Northern and Southern rivalry, although this can mask much more complex dynamics of violence in the region. The most active militant group in the North East is the violent Islamist group Boko Haram, which has evolved over […]

The Violent Road: Nigeria’s North Central

Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau Politics The North Central region has witnessed sharp spikes in violence surrounding elections and other critical junctures. The federal government has in recent years declared states of emergency in parts of the North Central region in response to high levels of armed violence there. For instance, in January of […]

In focus: Nate Haken, Senior Associate at The Fund for Peace

Nate Haken provides strategic support to PIND’s Partners for Peace project. One of his key projects is the peacebuilding map, Nigeria’s first interactive web map tracing both incidents of violence and responses to it. AOAV and the National Working Group on Armed Violence have contributed data on over 200 “partners of peace” tackling the violence. Nate […]