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Nigeria now ranked 2nd most terrorised country after Iraq

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A report by a global terrorism research/analysis group, Jihad Analytics (JA) has placed Nigeria as the second most terrorised/attacked country in the world between Iraq and Syria.

The research organisation which speciallizes in collating data on terrorists’ activities worldwide, in the report released on Friday, disclosed that in its half year findings made between January to June 2022, Nigeria recorded 305 attacks while Iraq recorded 337 terrorists’ attacks to come out first while Syria had 142 terrorist’s attacks, placing it in third position.

The JA report which noted that it relied on global and cyber open-source intelligence and data, attributed most of the attacks to the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist group.

The damning report came even as the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has consistently reiterated its resolve to tackle insecurity in the country and wipe out insurgency.

The presidency, on several occasions, had told Nigerians how the government had decimated, degraded and checkmated terrorists in different parts of the country.

Read also: Boko Haram puts Nigeria on global map as third most terrorised nation

It also came at a time the Nigerian government claimed to have spent over N11 trillion as security budget since coming into office in 2015, which included the acquisition of several Tucano fighter jets to fight the terrorists to a standstill.

A breakdown of yearly budgetary allocations to the Ministry of Defence revealed that in 2015, security got a total budget of N626.39 billion.

In 2016, the allocation rose to N978.72bn in 2016, N1.12tn in 2017, N1.26tn by 2018, N1.33tn in 2019, N1.71tn in 2020, and N1.87tn in 2021, while in 2022, the budgetary allocation was icreased to N2.27tn, which was an increase of 262.39 per cent from the initial allocation in 2015.

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