Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch, has been ranked 3rd on the latest Global Terrorism Index, GTI, on Thursday.
This is according to a report that measured the impact of terrorism on countries across the world.
Only Afghanistan and Iraq were adjudged to have been more badly affected by terrorism.
However, the number of terrorism-related deaths dropped from 2,043 in 2018, to 1,245 in 2019, a 39.1 percent reduction, the 2020 report revealed.
The reduction was mainly driven by a “fall in terrorism deaths attributed to Fulani extremists.
“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country, over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at their peak in 2014.”
According to the report: “ISIL’s shift to sub-Saharan Africa, meant that the region recorded the second-highest number of terrorism deaths, even after accounting for the substantial fall in Nigeria.”
The Index is published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, IEP, a think tank that receives support from the United States, US, government.