Cattle Fulani Herdsmen Attacks, the Changing Face of Violence in Nigeria: Responses and Reflection

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 16:00
Oral Presentation
Oluwafemi BANDELE, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
In recent times, Nigeria has been plagued with the Boko Haram insurgence. The rise of Cattle Fulani Herdsmen attacks has further complicated the security situation as increase in violence and crime is becoming alarming. Thus, alternative responses from various parts of the country for example the Southern Kaduna and Agatu killings has further complicated the national security situation. This has placed the government in a huge dilemma. This study reflects on the identity of the perpetuators, their violent attacks, strategies, responses of affected communities and its implications to the national unity of Nigeria as a nation. Data is drawn from news media, personal interviews and visit to some of the communities affected. The finding of this study shows that it is a far more greater threat than the Boko Haram insurgence and solutions seems to be farfetched and eluding both affected communities and the government.