Banditry in North West Nigeria is rooted to an extent in farmer-herder tension. But corrupt rulers arbitrarily restricted grazing routes and reserves, inflaming the crisis that has now morphed into a quagmire threatening the region.
Northwestern Nigeria is suffering from a devastating conflict that most observers are still struggling to characterize. The violence has received far less international attention than the jihadist insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast, perhaps in part because these militants defy easy categorization.
This year, hundreds of people have been killed or kidnapped by bandits. Governor Aminu Bello Masari, who spearheaded a failed amnesty deal with bandits, has come up with a new plan: He is now advising citizens to buy weapons in order to defend themselves.