Nigeria: conflicts and inter-community tensions; violence would be one of the main security challenges to which the elected president of the country will have to respond
After his inauguration on May 29, the new president of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu will be expected on many issues, starting with the economy, security and corruption. But, it seems that the violence would be one of the main security challenges to which the elected president of the most populous country in Africa, will have to respond.
The exploitation of land and water resources are two major issues around which the northwestern and central regions of Nigeria are regularly the scene of conflicts and tensions.
Recently more than 30 people were killed in clashes between farmers and herders in villages in the state, according to Dan Manjang, plateau State Commissioner For Information in Nigeria. A witness spoke of looting and houses and properties that were burned and destroyed and grain that was burned by mercenaries and attackers.
For africanews, « the violence in the north-west and central Nigeria has gone from the stage of killing to that of crime in the broad sense ».
In April, intercommunal violence in Benue State in Nigeria left 50 people dead.
The Niger army must deal with separatist tensions in the southeast and fight the jihadists in the northeast of the country. In such conditions, violence would be one of the main security challenges to which the elected president of the most populous country in Africa, Bola Tinubu, will have to respond.