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Top Five Safest Northern Nigerian States

In this article, we've listed the best five and safest Northern Nigerian states that Nigerians or even foreigners may go, work, and even live there despite all the bad news we may have heard about the region.

Everything has changed in the North as the formerly calm region is now the headquarters of numerous terrorist organisations, including Boko Haram, ISWAP, Fulani Herdsmen, kidnapping, banditry, and many others.

The majority of people who once lived in the North have moved down South as a result of all these security concerns and the government's failure to contain terrorism in the North. 

From descending to ascending order, here are the five safest Northern Nigerian States. 

5. Bauchi State

Bauchi State is ranked number five on our ranking of the safest states in Northern Nigeria.

The state, which is in Nigeria's northeast, was created in 1976 with the division of the old North-Eastern region.

It has housed the majority of Youth Corps members who were transferred to other neighbouring states due to insecurity in those states, which serves as evidence that the people of Bauchi State have experienced unbroken calm.

4. Jigawa State

One of the safest states in Northern Nigeria is Jigawa State. Jigawa State is bordered to the northeast by Yobe, a state that has taken the brunt of the insurgency ravaging the nation.

However, both the Fulani Herdsmen and Boko Haram have been unable to invade Jigawa state. When it comes to the mortality rate as a result of Kidnapping, Terrorism, banditry or even accident, Jigawa State has a low mortality rate. 

The Jigawa state chairman Kautal Hore, a Fulani cultural association, Alhaji Umar Kabiru earlier this year, described Jigawa state under the leadership of Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar as the most peaceful state in Nigeria.

3. Sokoto

Another one of Northern Nigeria's safest states is, Sokoto.

The Sokoto Caliphate, which is predominately Fulani, enjoys a lot of tranquillity and harmony.

In Sokoto, conflicts of any kind—tribal, cultic, or religious—barely ever occur.

The region has comparatively few instances of kidnapping, banditry, and terrorism problems that have plagued most Northern States.

Additionally, the state offers a variety of job opportunities, including those in fishing and fish production.

2. Kano State 

Millions of people live in Kano, which makes up a large portion of the population. A portion of the population there was originally from other regions of the nation.

The years 2010 to 2015 were extremely devastating for the people of Kano, however, some or many would rather endure the instability.

After being defeated, Boko Haram vanished from Kano State.

Government buildings, markets, schools, mosques, churches, and other public spaces are now the subject of history lessons about bombings and shootings.

Currently, Kano is a bustling city where millions of Nigerians go about their daily lives.

According to Statisense, the mortality rate occurring from Terrorism, banditry or Kidnapping is very low in the region. 

Also, the cost of living in Kano State is very cheap compared to the other Northern States in Nigeria. 

1. Gombe State 

In the first quarter of 2022, Gombe State was confirmed to be the safest state in Nigeria.

According to a report published by Statisense on its website (www.statisense.com.ng), which cited the Nigeria Security Tracker, Gombe State had no kidnapping cases and only one death case during the first four months of 2022, compared to a total of 3,859 deaths and 1,827 kidnappings.

A data technology company, Statisense focuses on offering precise and unbiased analysis in a variety of areas in Nigeria, including the economy, businesses, security, and other areas. 

The research examined various violent crimes, such as kidnapping and other horrible acts that resulted in fatalities.

Also, Gombe was listed as one of the most peaceful states in the nation in a report of a similar nature published in January of this year by Eons Intelligence, a media, strategic intelligence, and consultancy firm. 


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Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi

Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi is a Master's degree holder in International Affairs and Diplomacy, A Ba...

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