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>> Amid a sharp escalation of violence in Nigeria, the final resting place for its victims is a mass grave. At least 86 people died at the weekend in clashes between farmers and semi-nomadic herders.>>
he inhabitants of those communities. And maim so many lives.>> It's a decade old conflict, often over dwindling fertile land, and this year it has escalated.
According to Reuters calculations, more people have died in this communal violence than in the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in the country's North East.>> Though the two are linked. The Jihadist violence in the Northeast has pushed herders from the Fulani ethnic group South to search for grazing land in the populated farming areas of Nigeria's middle belt.
Land conflicts in the middle belt kill at least 2,000 people each year according international crisis group estimates. The latest violence occurred in Plateau State where authorities have now imposed a dusk till dawn curfew. President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed for calm. His critics say he is soft pedaling justice for the herders who belong to his ethnic group.
His party rejects that claim. But the insecurity has become a major electoral problem for him. He plans to seek relection next February and one power in 2015 on a pledge to deliver peace and stability.