Nigeria’s mass atrocities: How did we get here & how do we get out?

By Patrick Smith

Posted on Friday, 2 April 2021 11:56

Kidnappings, clashes between farmers/herders, criminal gangs. government did Nigeria get to this point? And what can be done to stop the cycle?

A recent report released by the Nigeria-based Global Rights organisation, entitled ‘Mass Atrocities 2020 Tracking’ states 4,556 people were killed in 2020 between January and December.

That’s a 43% jump from the number of casualties in 2019.

Of that number, 3,188 were civilians, and 698 were state security agents.

Borno state in the North East had the highest number of fatalities followed by Kaduna state in the North West.

As the authors of the report point out: “[…] the swiftest method for determining a nation’s propensity for violence, is to measure how its most vulnerable are faring.”

Our podcast this week will speak to contributors to the report on Nigeria’s proliferating security clashes to better understand what has led to this spike in violence, and what can be done to address them.

Mediated by our own Patrick Smith, we discuss the report with Abiodun Baiyewu, the Executive Director of Global Rights and co-chair of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability and Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, the chair of Global Rights and until recently chaired the governing council of Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission.

Talking Africa on Spreaker
Talking Africa on Soundcloud
Talking Africa on YouTube
Talking Africa on Apple podcast
Talking Africa on Stitcher
Talking Africa on Spotify
And our RSS feed

Understand Africa's tomorrow... today

We believe that Africa is poorly represented, and badly under-estimated. Beyond the vast opportunity manifest in African markets, we highlight people who make a difference; leaders turning the tide, youth driving change, and an indefatigable business community. That is what we believe will change the continent, and that is what we report on. With hard-hitting investigations, innovative analysis and deep dives into countries and sectors, The Africa Report delivers the insight you need.

View subscription options