Cowboys vs Farmers: Must be Climate Change

Watts Up With That?

Nigerian soldiers demonstrate combat techniques for use against Boko Haram Insurgents. Nigerian soldiers demonstrate combat techniques for use against Boko Haram Insurgents. By (VOA/Nicolas Pinault) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsGuest essay by Eric Worrall

The history of the American Wild West is being replayed on the fringes of Nigeria, as heavily armed nomadic cattle herders compete with crop farmers for access to water and land. Except this time, greens are blaming Climate Change.

Nigeria faces new security threat fuelled by climate change and ethnicity

Recently, Nigeria’s sociopolitical and geopolitical tensions have taken on another dimension. This is evident in the escalating bloody clashes between nomadic cattle herders and farmers. Though there are alternative narratives, the ongoing tensions reflect, in a way, climate change-induced resource scarcity that threatens food and national security.

In the past several months tensions have escalated between nomadic cattle herders and traditional crop-farming communities. Some traditional and farming communities in central and southern Nigeria…

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