Nigeria’s Pernicious Drivers of Ethno-Religious Conflict
Africa Security Brief
abstract
Nigeria’s statutory framework grants local officials the authority to extend or deny basic rights to citizens in their jurisdictions, thereby creating incentives for the politicization of ethnicity and escalating intercommunal violence.

Ineffective state responses to repeated ethnic clashes have highlighted a lack of political will to address this violence.

While currently concentrated in central Nigeria, the systemic drivers to identity conflict have the potential to spread elsewhere in the country and will require fundamental institutional reforms to resolve.