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A look into the violence in North­ Central Nigeria

The area known as the Middle Belt in Nigeria, is largely rural. A drive from Nigeria's capital, Abuja, to Enugu in the South­East geopolitical zone, takes you through large swathes of this area, through villages, which were once farming communities, and which unknown to so many Nigerians, are responsible, to a very large extent, for feeding the country.
However, because the most visible elite and middle class Nigerians are based in the urban conglomerations of Lagos ­Ibadan, Abuja, Enugu Onitsha, Port Harcourt­ Aba and Kano ­Kaduna, we do not see these rural poor, and as a result, hardly care about their problems.
We have to.

These problems are causing a large rural­urban drift, which is unsustainable in the short to medium term as seen in large parts of Jos,
Plateau State, which are turning into huge refugee camps. In the long term, these security issues are causing a North­South drift, with the attendant conflict as various cultures clash