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Nigeria ranks 143th on Global Peace Index, 8th least peaceful in Africa

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The 2022 Global Peace Index (GPI) has ranked Nigeria 143 among 163 independent nations and territories, according to its level of peacefulness.

Nigeria moved three step from 146 in 2021, though it still ranked eighth among the least peaceful countries in Africa after South Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Central African Republic, Sudan and Mali.

The Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness is yearly index produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

The Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being and progress.

Some of the indicators used for the GPI include the Level of perceived criminality in society; the number of internal security officers and police per 100,000 people; the number of homicides per 100,000 people; the number of jailed population per 100,000 people; ease of access to small arms and light weapon; level of organised conflict (internal) and terrorist activities among others.

According to the Index, countries ahead of Nigeria are Mauritius 28; Ghana 40; The Gambia 45; Sierra Leone 50; Equatorial Guinea 59; Malawi 65; Senegal 70; Morocco 74; Rwanda 72; Liberia 75; Gabon 75; Angola 78; Lesotho 100; Madagascar 8; Mozambique 122; and Namibia 68.

Others are Zambia 56; Tunisia 85; Tanzania 86; Niger 140; Burundi 131; the Benin Republic 105; Botswana 48; Republic of Congo 111; Ivory Coast 108; Cameroon 142, Djibouti 113, Algeria 109; South Africa 118; Egypt 126, Eritrea 132, Guinea 123, Guinea Bissau 110; Chad 136; Togo 102; Uganda 121 and Zimbabwe 127.

Mali 150; Libya 151; Burkina Faso 146; Democratic Republic of Congo 158; the Central African Republic 155; Ethiopia 149; Sudan 154; Somalia 156; South Sudan 159 are the least ranked countries in Africa.

Iceland was ranked the most peaceful country in the world. New Zealand ranked 2; Ireland 3; Denmark 4; Austria 5; Portugal 6; Slovenia 7; Czechia 8; Singapore 9, and Japan 10, made the list of the top ten most peaceful countries in the world.

Afghanistan with 163; Yemen 162, Syria 161; Russia 160, and South Sudan with 159, are the least ranked countries in the world.

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