Nigeria has experienced different forms of armed conflict and political violence in the last two decades. These conflicts include electoral violence, communal violence, insurgencies and militancy, violent extremism and terrorism, farmer-herder violence and violent youth gangs in cities. Numerous reasons – exogenous and endogenous – have been put forward to explain armed conflicts and political violence in Nigeria. Yet, these conflicts continue to evolve, taking new dimensions and undermining social cohesion in the country. Farmer-Herder conflicts are no longer aberrations limited to the North and Middle Belt regions. Boko Haram continues its campaign, while the The Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) seeks to establish a state over the Lake Chad region. In the South East, secessionists agitations are feeding into popular dissent and creating new tensions between the state and citizens. A decade after the implementation of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), violence remains a part of everyday life in the towns and villages across the Niger Delta.
The papers at this workshop will provide new evidence and analysis that improve the prevailing understanding of armed conflicts and political violence in Nigeria.
This workshop is organised by the Conflict Research Network West Africa, with the support of the Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
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