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Most Peaceful States in Nigeria (2024)

This article is about the most peaceful states In Nigeria according to Foundation for Peace Professionals, FPP.

A state where there are no violence and distractions is considered peaceful, so partnering to this; I have decided to write an article on the most violent free states in Nigeria according to FPP raning

Foundation for Peace Professionals (FPP) is an independent Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and has unveiled Nigeria Peace Index (NPI). The research focusing on measuring peace tendencies through foundational indices.

According to FPP, to design the Nigeria Peace Index (NPI), 5 broad indicators were adopted namely crime rate, level of human rights abuse, level of poverty, level of education and rate of incarceration.

And under these 5 broad categories, there are sub-indicators, which include rates of communal clashes, kidnapping, extra-judicial killings, unlawful arrest and detention, armed robbery and many others.

So sampling everything together across the 36 states of the federation gave them the rating of the NPI. The research was done between 2010-2016, and it was claimed by them that there is no evidence that there will be a sharp difference when data are considered for 2017 and 2018.

The Most Peaceful States in Nigeria

the most peaceful states in Nigeria

According to the data provided by Foundations for Peace Professionals (FPP), below is a list of the most peaceful states in Nigeria.

1. Osun State

Osun State is located in the southwestern part of Nigeria. Its capital is Osogbo with Illorin being the closest city to it.

Osun state is bounded in the north by Kwara State, in the east partly by Ekiti State and partly by Ondo State, in the south by Ogun State and in the west by Oyo State. The dominant ethnic group in Osun state is Yoruba with other sub-ethnic groups including Ife, Ijesha, Oyo, Ibolo and Igbomina and there are also people from other parts of Nigeria.

With no cases of Boko Haram or Fulani insurgency, Osun state happens to make the list of most peaceful states in Nigeria.

Lastly, Osun is the home of Erin-Ijesha Waterfall which is one of the most popular waterfalls in Nigeria

2. Kogi State

Kogi is located in the north-central zone of Nigeria with its capital in Lokoja which is the most popular and developed cities in the state. It is popularly called the confluence state due to the fact that the confluence of Rivers Niger and Benue occurs there.

There are three main ethnic groups in Kogi: Igala, Ebira, and Okun; with the Igalas being the mos dominant ethnic group across the state.

3. Ekiti State

Ekiti State is located in the southwestern part of Nigeria. It was created on 1st October 1996 by the former military head of state the Federal Republic of Nigeria, late General Sani Abacha. The State was carved out of Ondo State, covering the former twelve local government areas that made up the Ekiti Zone of old Ondo State.

It is evident Ekiti is one of the best state for NYSC service in Nigeria and one of the most peaceful as residents there are very friendly and welcoming to strangers.

Lastly, the state has produced many intelligent men and women which makes it one of the most educated states in Nigeria

4. Kwara State

Illorin is the capital city of Kwara State. The state was created on 27 May 1967, when General Yakubu Gowon broke the four regions that then constituted the Federation of Nigeria into 12 states. The principal groups residing in Kwara State are Yoruba, Nupe, Bariba and Fulani.

5. Imo State

Owerri is the largest state and the capital of Imo State. Imo state was created on February 3, 1976 out of the former East Central state. The main cities in Imo State are Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe. The people of Imo state are Igbo speaking states with minor differences in dialects.

It is n doubt Imo state is not just a peaceful state but also one among the most educate states in Nigeria due to its history of producing highly intelligent personalities in Nigeria.

6. Ebonyi State

Ebonyi is another state where raping, kidnapping, Bokoharam and all sorts of insurgencies are very rare.

The state is located in the Southeast part of Nigeria with its capital in Abakaliki.

Secondary, Ebonyi state is the home for agriculture. It is a leading producer of rice, yam, potatoes, maize, beans, and cassava in Nigeria.

Ebonyi is often called “the salt of the nation” for its huge salt deposit at the Okposi and Uburu Salt Lakes.

The inhabitant ethnic group are the Igbos. Major townships include Afikpo, Onueke, Ezzamgbo, Uffiacha, Edda, Effium, Aba Omege, Amasiri, Unwana, Echara Ikwo, Egu-Ubia, Ụbụrụ, Onicha

7. Kebbi State

Kebbi is situated in north-western Nigeria with its capital at Birnin Kebbi. The state was created out of a part of Sokoto State in 1991. Kebbi State is bordered by Sokoto State, Niger State, Zamfara State, Dosso Region in the Republic of Niger and the nation of Benin. It has a total area of 36,800 km²

The most fascinating thing about Kebbi state is its cultural festivals and Artifacts, the state is famous in the Argungu International Fishing and the Zuru annual Uhola Cultural Festivals.

The most spoken languages in Kebbi state are; Cishingini, Kyanga, Shanga, and Sorko.

8. Akwa Ibom

Akwa Ibom is located in the coastal southern part of Nigeria with its capital in Uyo.

Furthermore, Akwa Ibom is known to be the highest oil- and gas-producing state in the country (with an estimated production of 800,000 barrels per day). Uyo, which is the state capital has an estimated population of 500,000

There are 20 languages spoken as first languages in Akwa Ibom State. The major languages are Anaang, Ibibio and Igbo. other languages are; Itu, Uyo, Etinan, Ikot Abasi, Ikono, Ekpe-Atai, Uruan, Onna, Nsit-Ubium, and Mkpat Enin LGA’s.

9. Enugu State

Enugu state is the home for Awhum Waterfall which is one of the best in Nigeria. The state is located in Southeast Nigeria.

Enugu was created in 1991 from part of the old Anambra State. Its capital, Enugu is the largest city is Enugu, from which the state derives its name.

Criminal Cases are very rare, likewise, Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen attack which makes Enugu one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria.

The city is popular for its cuisine, robust industries and of course, the local palm wine

10. FCT Abuja

FCT Abuja is one of the most beautiful and peaceful states you could ever travel to in Nigeria. It is a federal territory in central Nigeria.

Abuja is known for being one of the few purpose-built capital cities in Africa, as well as being one of the wealthiest. Abuja is Nigeria’s administrative and political capital. It is also a key capital on the African continent due to Nigeria’s geo-political influence in regional affairs.

the Federal Capital Territory was created in 1976. It will interest you to understand that the name Abuja is coined out of the Hausa language and it was derived from the name Abubakar –Ja and Abubakar-Ja is derived from the name of a person called Mallam Abubakar JA and the name “Abubakar” is an Islamic name while the word “Ja” is referring to a red colour in the Hausa language.

Abuja is known to be a city with many hills, it is also the home for Aso villa and Zuma rock. In conclusion, the state also houses some beautiful museums and national parks, therefore, making it a home for all tourist attraction.

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Conclusion: The Most Peaceful States in Nigeria

In conclusion, having gone through the most peaceful states in Nigeria, do you have any suggestions or recommendations? Kindly comment below.

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  1. Cornelius my facebk name is cornelius greatking

    My name is cornelius I have a clear suggestion and recommendation i dont think the position you place akwaibom is fair enough it should be at least first three on a serious note akwaibom is a very peaceful and quiet state thanks.

    1. Thanks for your suggestion Cornelius

      1. my name is Isaac for your rating I think is not correct because I’m Akwa ibomite for the language you said that to the major language for Akwa ibom is Anang Ibibio and Igbo before others is wrong the major language for Akwa ibom is Ibibio Anang Oron before others nothing like Igbo for Akwa ibom okay thanks you

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