Nigeria

Nigeria: Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust Briefing (September - November 2018)

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  • Conflict and violence in the middle-belt and northeast region continues

  • Two attacks by Boko Haram on Nigerian troops

  • Upcoming elections see competition for presidential power between two Fulanis

Key Developments

  • Boko Haram militants continue to threaten the security of the northeast region, with reported attacks on civilians and troops

  • The ongoing conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers remains complex as motives vary – issues of livestock grazing have been exacerbated by religious and ethnic tensions.

  • Two International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) aid workers were killed in September and October after being kidnapped in March.

  • Buhari remains the chosen head of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), while the opposing party People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has elected Abubakar in the run up to the February 2019 presidential election.

  • Nigerian soldiers opened unprovoked fire on a group of Shia Muslim peaceful protestors, according to evidence collected by Amnesty International.

  • Nigeria has declared a national disaster after severe flooding that has affected 80% of the country and killed at least 100 people.

  • Food insecurity is becoming more of a concern with the continued violence across the country restricting agricultural output.