Nigeria has been besieged by a series of cattle herder – farmer related clashes recently. While these attacks by Fulani herdsmen have recently received a boost in front-line news value due to recent attacks further south, such raids by these predominately nomadic herdsmen have been going on for years in Northern Nigeria. This is a problem that has transcended the administrations of both the current APC led government and the previous PDP government.


The current geographical spread in attacks isn’t necessarily suggestive of an increase in scale and volume however. It is important to note that the recent spread in attacks has coincided with the retreat of Boko Haram forces from their areas of dominance in the North East, this is probably not a coincidence. It has often been suggested that elements of this terrorist group have infiltrated or quite often assumed the identity of herds men in order to…

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