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Climate Change, Environmental Degradation, Behind Violent Conflict In Nigeria-Experts

Experts have identified climate change, gas flaring, deforestation and other harmful environmental practices as responsible for violent insurrection in Nigeria.

Discussing the issue by a team of panelists that included Prof Charles Reith, Prof Jennifer Che, Prof Friday Ogwu, Prof Loveday Gbara and Prof Natan Yaduma at the American University of Nigeria, it was observed that the people must change their attitude towards the environment for Nigeria to be able to resolve some of the violent conflict besetting it.

In a film documentary produced by Yar’Adua Foundation showcased during the event tagged “No Where to Run: Nigeria’s Climate and Environmental Crisis”, a nexus was established between climate change, deforestation, gas flaring, environmental degradation occasioned by oil exploration with violent conflicts in Nigeria.

It was observed that change of climate which led to severe drop in rainfall and change in whether patterns has led to monumental shrink of lake Chad leading to loss of employment opportunities for thousands of fishermen, farmers and herders whose livelihood defended on the lake.

In addition, deforestation occasioned by felling of trees in the North leading to loss of massive territories, drought, competition between herders and farmers and other pestilences has upped job losses and competition for resources between the various people of the area whose combined effect were responsible for the intensity of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.

It was also observed that the activities of oil exploration in the South South leading to massive gas flaring resulting in acid rains, environmental pollution, the activities of oil companies and saboteurs have also led to significant job losses as both fishermen and farmers were rendered jobless.

 

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