Amid the rising level of Insecurity sweeping through the nation, according to the Global Peace Index, Nigeria now ranks as the 143rd most peaceful independent nation in the world.
The Global Peace Index data was recorded between 1 April 2021 and 1 March 2022. The data ranks independent countries and territories with indicators like neighboring country relations, intensity of internal conflict, refugees and IDPs, political terror scale and political instability.
In what can be described as positive news, Nigeria moved up two places from last year’s ranking.
Some African countries ranked in the top 100 include, Mauritius (28th), Ghana (40th), The Gambia (45th), Sierra Leone (50th), Zambia (56th), Equatorial Guinea (59th), Malawi (65th), Namibia (68th), Senegal (70th), Morocco (74th), Rwanda (72nd), Liberia and Gabon (tied at 75th), Angola (78th), Madagascar (84th), Tunisia (85th), Tanzania (86th) and finally Lesotho at 100.
Of the 163 countries ranked, the least ranked African countries are Burkina Faso (146th), Ethiopia (149th), Mali (150th), Libya (151st), Sudan (154th), the Central African Republic (155th), Somalia (156th), Democratic Republic of Congo (158th), South Sudan (159th).
The five most peaceful countries in the world are Iceland, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark and Austria while Afghanistan is ranked as the least peaceful country in the world.
Overall, 90 countries had improved in the ratings, with 71 deteriorating. The GPI also added that the world had become less peaceful for the eleventh time in the past 14 years, with the average level of country peacefulness deteriorating by 0.3% over the past year.
The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) which releases the GPI also noted that political instability had deteriorated. It explained that “with 51 countries recording a fall in peacefulness in this indicator while only 26 improved in the past year. This indicator is now at its worst level since 2008”.
The Middle East and North Africa remained the least peaceful regions in the world, according to the index.