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Buhari’s First Term Claims 25,794 Lives

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The first four years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has claimed over 25,794 lives in violent crisis.

The figure was according to the report released by the Nigerian security tracker, a project of the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-profit think-tank specialising in United Nations, United States foreign policy and International Affairs.

The estimated figures were those murdered by diverse insurgent groups and Boko Haram, herdsmen and some who fell victim of the extrajudicial activities of the military.

According to reports from June 2015 to May 2019, 9303 deaths were recorded in Borno State, which is said to be the highest casualties suffered.

Zamfara State has 1,963 deaths, Adamawa state has 1,529 death, Kaduna state has 1,488, Plateau State has 771 death, Taraba state has 649, Benue state suffered 1,642 death, Niger State suffered 252 death, River State suffered 730, Cross River State has 467 death, Ogun state has 301 casualties among others.

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    From the statistical report, July 2015 and January 2019 has the highest casualties of 1,299 and 1,077 respectively.

    In four years, 5,598 lives were taken by Boko Haram while the Fulani Herdsmen and farmers crisis took the lives of 4,917 people while 4,068 people died from the hands of the military.

    According to the Council on Foreign Relations, it was said that “The Nigeria Security Tracker tracks violence that is both casual and symptomatic of Nigeria’s political instability and citizen alienation. The data are based on weekly surveys of Nigerian and international media.

    “The data start with May 29, 2011, the date of Goodluck Jonathan’s inauguration as president. It was an event that highlighted the increasing bifurcation of the country on regional and religious lines. The NST is updated weekly.

    “Relying on press reports of violence presents methodological limitations. There is a shortage of accurate reporting across certain regions, death tolls are imprecise, and accounts of incidents vary.

    There is the potential for political manipulation of media. Given these limitations, the NST makes every effort to collect information from multiple sources. Nevertheless, NST statistics should be viewed as indicative rather than definitive.”

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