Nigeria remains third most terrorized nation in the world – Report

Boko Haram
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Nigeria is still ranked third among the countries in the world that have been worst hit by terror attacks, according to the 2016 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report.

The GTI monitored and measured the impacts of terrorism in 163 countries, covering 99.7 per cent of the world’s population.

Nigeria had occupied the same position in last year’s ranking, and was ranked fourth in 2014. For 2016, Nigeria ranked behind Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and India are ranked fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth respectively, while Egypt and Libya are in the ninth and 10th position, in the latest ranking.

The report, released on Wednesday by the Institute for Economics and Peace, however indicates a 34 per cent decline in the number of people killed by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, in 2015 in Nigeria.

The total number of people killed by Boko Haram in 2015 was 4,095, down from the 6,136 in 2014, said the report which attributed the decline to the operation of the Nigerian military and the Joint Task Force in the north-east of the country.

According to the report, Nigeria also had a reduction in the number of people killed by Fulani militants (herdsmen). “There were 630 fewer deaths by these militias in 2015, a decrease of 50 per cent,” the report said.

This, according to the report, contributed to the overall 10 per cent drop in the number of deaths caused by terrorism globally.

In fact, the report says Iraq and Nigeria had the largest reduction on deaths from terrorism from 2014 to 2015.

The gains made against Boko Haram by the Nigerian military, however became the pains of the country’s neighbours – Niger and Cameroon – as the terrorist group spilled over and created more deaths in the two countries than previously recorded.

“Niger recorded a devastating year with 11 terrorism deaths in 2014 rising to 649 in 2015. This is the largest proportional increase of any country and is due to the expansion of Boko Haram,” the report said.

Niger is now 16th in the latest ranking, compared to the 51st position it occupied in last year. The deteriorating terrorism attacks in Cameroon also moved it from 20th position it was in 2015 to 14th   in 2016.

ISIL, the Islamic militant group in Iraq, has now overtaken Boko Haram as the deadliest terrorist group in 2015, the report said.

The report said, “Despite the decrease in deaths from terrorism, Nigeria still experienced a high rate of violent deaths.

“In addition to terrorism victims, there were at least 4,422 battle-related deaths from the conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian Government in 2015, down from 8,233 in 2014.”

The report said on the average, Boko Haram killed 11 people per attack in Nigeria, and that the attacks were mainly targeted at civilians.

“Four out of five deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are civilians,” it said. “This is one of the highest targeting of civilians anywhere in the world.

“Whilst the majority of fatalities were caused by armed assaults with firearms and knives, there has been an increase in the use of bombings and explosions, a tactic Boko Haram has been increasingly using after receiving explosives training from al-Shabaab.

“In 2013, Boko Haram conducted 35 bombings which killed 107 people. In 2015 there were 156 bombings that killed 1,638. Nearly two thirds of the bombings in 2015 were suicide bombings, which on average killed ten people per attack,” the report said.

Out of 20 most fatal terrorist attacks in the world in 2015, according to the report, four occurred on the Nigerian soil, with Boko Haram being responsible for three.

Fulani militants were responsible for one – where 95 people were killed in a single attack on March 15, 2015.

According to the report, the worst terrorist attack in Nigeria occurred on September 13, 2015 when Boko Haram killed 160 villagers in Kukuwa-Gari village by gunfire or drowning. A total of 174 people were killed in the attack, the report said.

The report put the global economic impact of terrorism at US$89.6 billion in 2015.

Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) to developing economies such as Nigeria is directly affected by terrorist attacks, it said.

“Unlike ISIL, Boko Haram does not have a sophisticated financing structure,” says the report. “The primary revenue source for Boko Haram is kidnapping, ransom and extortion.”

The group is also said to rely on bank robberies, illegal mining, external donations, and drugs for its income which is said to be up to $25 million, annually.

The report put the total number of people killed in Nigeria by Boko Haram at 17,097 since 2000.

The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has obviously achieved some successes in its war against terrorism, but the Boko Haram sect hasn’t been defeated yet, as repeatedly claimed by the Nigerian authorities.

The report explains the methodology used in developing the terrorism index.

“The GTI ranks 163 countries based on four indicators weighted over five years.

“The GTI score for a country in a given year is a based on a unique scoring system to account for the relative impact of incidents in the year. The four factors counted in each country’s yearly score, are:

  • Total number of terrorist incidents in a given year
  • Total number of fatalities caused by terrorists in a given year
  • Total number of injuries caused by terrorists in a given year
  • A measure of the total property damage from terrorist incidents in a given year.

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  • M. Col, Mariam

    Lailahailallahi!!!!!!

  • Rommel

    That is part of president Jonathan’s legacy and it will haunt him forever

    • Otile

      You are a dishonest man for accusing Jonthan of trying to Islamize Nigeria. Shame on you.

      • Rommel

        President Yar’adua crushed Boko Haram when they started but this new one was from GEJ who together with his operatives resurrected it hoping to dismember and decrease the votes that might go to PMB.

        • emmanuel

          Shoosh. Under Yaradua, Shettima asked the commissioner of police to neutralise Mohammed their Original leader and that was what gave birth to the product snatched by those in power today to punish Jonathan.
          God nor dey sleep

          • Burbank

            And the one in power as PDP boss is Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff,the founder sponsor of Boko Haram!

        • Otile

          You are a lair, human beings do not resurrect from the dead. The same way lying Buhari told us that his Fulani soldiers killed Imam Abu Shekau a couple of times, and he continues to resurrect from the dead.

          • Burbank

            The same way Jonathan said Boko Haram is his siblings!

      • Rommel

        The Australian negotiator Dr Stephen Davies said it clearly that Asari Dokubo together with the PDP had links with Boko Haram,now can you explain it? even the late national security adviser Owoye Azazi had established this link for which he was removed and paid with his life eventually

        • Curious K

          I had thought by now, you and your beloved president Buhari would have marched into sambisa forest and completely decimate boko haram and shame GEJ. This is what General Erwin Rommel, the man you impersonate would have done instead of whinning and blaming Jonathan.

          • Rommel

            Maybe you are not even aware that Mujahid Asari Dokubo is a muslim

          • Burbank

            Gbam. He thought Imam Asari is a Catholic priest.

          • Powerlessconscious

            What bihari has achieved has already shamed gej. North is more better now than before in terms of terrorism.

        • emmanuel

          Monkey, Stephen was a fraudster deployed by Obasanjo to collect funds from Nigeria and the developed World. Unfortunately, their scheme was discovered early.
          Why is he not negotiating with Boko Haram again? Doeas Asari sound like Shetima, Ndume, Shehu Sani, your brother and sister Journalist who helped BOKO haram survive?
          mumurity

          • Burbank

            Why should he negotiate with Boko Haram when Buratai is already negotiating with bombs and artillery.

        • sab

          When will truth ever come out of your mouth? Was it not Buhari who said killing Boko Haram members is akin to killing northern Nigerians and Muslims?

          • Rommel

            Associating PMB with Boko Haram shows your level of ignorance because anyone with gray matter knows that Boko Haram is a Kanuri Jihad group set up to checkmate the Fulani influence in northern Nigeria,this was why president Yar’adua had no qualms about crushing them,but later president Jonathan was advised through his surrogates to resurrect them for election so that they could disorganize the north east which will reduce votes that would accrue to PMB, maybe you should go read history of Fulani jihad and Bornu Empire, not one single Fulani is a member of Boko Haram

          • Otile

            But they appointed him (your god) to be their representative.

          • Burbank

            Don’t be a liar like @otile
            Buhari never said that..
            But Jonathan did said Boko Haram is his siblings!

        • Otile

          You are a lazy dishonest scoundrel. You made a baseless accusation and you want me to explain it for you. Rouge, the burden of proof is on you.

      • Burbank

        Who’s islamizing Nigeria, bigot.

        Your PDP boss Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff is a Boko Haram founder sponsor while Buhari wiped out Islamist jihadists Zakzaky Shiites.
        Imam Alhaji Dokubo Asari called for bombing and burning Nigeria while Buhari’s navy chief Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas wiped out terrorists from the creeks.

    • FreeNigeria

      GEJ left almost 2 years ago, Badluck Buhari pick up where he left in 1985 with more steam. Buhari is a very bad curse on Nigeria.

      • Burbank

        And Buhari cursed Jonathan back to Otuoke

    • emmanuel

      Na Jonathan keep Boko Haram Ogas for Bornu lodge for Abuja or for Government House for Maduguri? You think we have forgotten those incidence in a hurry?
      Son of the bond woman.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      The two main agents of terrorism in Nigeria are :

      1. Myetti Allah, killer Fulani herdsmen—————–Buhari is the life patron !!

      2. Boko-haram————————————-Nominated Buhari as representative in talks with government !!

      How “coincidental” can things get ?

      • Burbank

        “Boko Haram is our siblings.”
        Jonathan
        August 2 2012

    • Epsilon_Delta

      We all know he started Boko-Haram, he still runs the group from Otuoke.

  • Otile

    Come next year famine will kill more people than Islamic terrorism in Nigeria. It is good that Imam Buhari has predicted a disastrous famine. Nobody should blame Imam for not warning people.

    • Paul Young

      Are you a prophet of doom? Maybe famine will kill you but the rest of us will survive

      • Otile

        Did your god Imam not predict famine next year? Is he not the president? You will perish in the famine.

        • Paul Young

          You and your family will do the perishing

          • emmanuel

            Otile nor mind am, when famine kill im family finish, he go come commit suicide out of the pains.
            Meanwhile Imam go still dey travel every country for seminars, launchings, dedications of mosque just to collect huge estacode.
            Unfortunately, dem go just use wrapper cover am and throw am into 4 feet below

          • Burbank

            And your Nnamdi Kanu is still caged, despite all your FINAL ultimatums.

          • Otile

            Back to sender.

          • Burbank

            Don’t forget to kill yourself soon, and be damned.

          • Otile

            Drink ota pia pia. Yoruba traitor.

          • Burbank

            Suicide is your only choice

          • Paul Young

            Well yout are the sender so all arrows point at you

      • emmanuel

        Why not commit suicide if the famine will not kill you, because Buhari’s ineptitude has escalated suicide rate

        • Paul Young

          Everywhere you leave a comment your stupidity shows

          • emmanuel

            na to day you jut know? Here your self righteousness.
            You say famine go kill somebody and i offered you suicide. Which one come be stupidity? Na only you get right to behave as if God gave you right over others?
            So you nor fit fight naked for street and you dey want talk about Nigeria.

          • Paul Young

            It’s people like you fela was referring to when he said open your sense. If you had opened your sense and your brain you would have seen that my comment was in response to the man above saying that “next year famine will kill more people than Boko haram” in case you don’t know BH has killed over 30,000 people. So if you say amen to otile’s prayer then you can be sure that the deaths will start from his family and yours

          • emmanuel

            Na Buhari be Prophet. famine plus depression is geometric deaths. Nor emotions, because Iman has encouraged all Nigerians that the only way to survive is by engaging in farming. So if farming fails, what is the consequence?
            Simple arithmetic where survival = x+y. recession is x, farming is y. What will the sum be if (x+y)-y2

        • Burbank

          But you are still alive!

      • Burbank

        As a coward, he rather flee to Ivory Coast

    • Burbank

      And Imam Alhaji Dokubo Asari will share his palaces with you!

  • blueeyedkitten

    Rubbish Report that doesnt make sense! Anybody who thinks nigeria is more terrorised than syria, should try relocating to syria.

    • Burbank

      Good observations.

  • emmanuel

    God bless Alhaji Buhari ho said killing a Boko Haram terrorist was killing a muslim. Any country worst than Syria, Yemen,Pakistan etc in terorrism is a doomed country.
    Rommel, Amazing 2012, Onike the Islamist, Gog bless your people

    • emmanuel

      God

    • Alhaji

      And Islamic terrorists are blaming President Trump when his said he would send them back to their caves where they belong. Americans dont want the animals to come and destroy their country

      • Burbank

        That’s what Buratai told Alhaji Dokubo Asari.

    • Burbank

      And bless PDP boss Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff for being the founder sponsor of Boko Haram.

  • KOKU

    Henhen. How long have I been saying this thing? How long have I been saying that BUHARI has no impact
    on the war against terror? When I was saying it Premium Times Mujahedeen editors were refusing to publish me.
    After cancelling me for 16 months what has Premium Times gained from that now? Has Buhari made an impact
    on Boko Haram? No! The international community has now copied me to say that Buhari has no military sense
    to fight Boko Haram. What is the difference between what I was saying before and what international community
    is saying here? No difference! Premium Times was just covering up to make Buhari look less bad but truth is
    not easy to sweep under the carpet. Buhari cannot fight corruption. Buhari cannot fight Boko Haram – simple!
    Buhari is not good for anything. He is the most useless army general and president Nigeria has ever had.

    • Burbank

      And he defeated your Jonathan.

  • FreeNigeria

    Nigeria is very good in all the wrong categories. This administration will go down in history as the worst in the world. Hunger, terrorism, jobless, insecurity, taxes and tariffs, mismanagement, fraud and the list is endless. Buhari was cursed in 1983, he brought his curse back in 2015.

    • Burbank

      And you will remained cursed forever.

  • igboham

    This news again brings to the fore the question as to why my Yoruba friends think that Nigeria is heaven on earth and will resist any attempt of my people to leave the kingdom. It is possible they do not know any better which I doubt. I have to believe that they hate my people more than they love themselves. If you love yourself, you would struggle to leave but in this case, they know Nigeria is hell but they will rather die there with my people that look for an escape route. Its like I must be in hell to make sure you go to hell too. Strange.

    • Otile

      Gbam

    • Burbank

      And what’s stopping you from begging your own elected governor Wike to lift the ban ban on your people?