Global Terrorism index has shown that Boko Haram is the world’s most lethal terrorist group, followed by ISIS, while Al-Qaeda ranks third and the Fulani militants mostly in the middle belt of Nigeria rank 4th.
This was disclosed by the Executive Director of the Stefanus Foundation, Mark Lipdo, while addressing journalists during a programme organised to highlight the challenges of terror victims in the country.
The Stefanus Foundation, an international humanitarian group in conjunction with the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative(another international humanitarian group from the United States) both based in Nigeria, have revealed that more than 14 million Nigerians were directly affected by humanitarian crises in the North-east region of the country.
Speaking at the event which held in Abuja on Monday, Mark Lipdo, said that a research conducted by the groups revealed that: “14.8 million Nigerians from Northeast are directly impacted by the crisis. Officially, there are 2.2 million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.”
“Unofficially, there are five to seven million IDPs. Those in need of special assistance, are 2.5 million, comprising children under the age of five, pregnant women and nursing mothers.”
Mr. Lipdo said the menace of terrorism has had a wide range of casualties, which include: 611 teachers who died as a result of terrorism in the north east; 19,000 teachers displaced, 1500 schools closed down, and 950,000 children denied the opportunity of accessing education.
Others include 13,000 churches abandoned, closed down or destroyed, 2000 children abducted and 10,000 boys forced to join Boko Haram.
Vice President of the 21st Wilberforce Initiative, Mr. Elijah Brown, added that as at December 2015, the number of IDPs scattered around Nigeria alone were more than 2 million.
Mr. Brown expressed worry over the continued attack of Fulani herdsmen in the middle belt, adding that if not handled, it could affect other countries in West African region like the Republic of Benin, Chad, Cameroon, Mali, and Niger.