Nigeria’s Insurgent North

Boko Haram rebels aim to make northern Nigeria an Islamic state. More than 4,700 people have died in violence that first erupted in 2009 in the northeast city of Maiduguri. Half have been killed in Boko Haram attacks on government institutions, churches, and secular schools. An equal number, many with no ties to terrorists, have died in government counterattacks.

Sharia in the North


Urban Conflict in Lagos


Rural Conflict

Maggie Smith and Alexander Stegmaier, NGM Staff; Lauren E. James
Sources: Nate Haken, Fund for Peace and Partners for Peace; Nigeria Watch; Michael Watts, University of California, Berkeley