Nigeria now ranked 15th most dangerous country in the world

The Global Peace Index (GPI) has released the 2016 edition of the most dangerous countries in the world stressing that the world is now a more dangerous place than it was one year ago.

GPI’s latest report from the Institute for Economics and Peace ranked 163 independent countries, which covers over 99 percent of the world’s population with Nigeria coming 15th.

To get this 10th edition, 23 indicators were used on a scale of one to five. According to the report, the index measures global peace using three broad themes: the level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic and international conflict, and the degree of militarisation.

According to Atlas and Boots, the index allows for analysis of individual geographical regions. It further said the most dangerous countries in the world of 2015 became even more volatile because of increasing volatility.

Syria, South Sudan and Iraq are the most dangerous countries in the world while other “fragile states” include Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and the Central African Republic.

The report said Pakistan and North Korea moved out of the top 10 while Ukraine is now ranked number eighth and this is due to the ongoing conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region.

“The number of refugees and displaced persons has risen dramatically over the last decade, doubling to approximately 60 million people between 2007 and 2016, nearly one percent of the world’s population.

“There are now nine countries with more than 10 percent of their population displaced in some form; 20 percent of Somalia and South Sudan’s population respectively, and over 60 percent of Syria’s,” the report said.

Many parts of Nigeria are embroiled in violence and insecurity. These range from Boko Haram, kidnappings to agitations for Biafra republic.


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