The Implication of Proliferation of Small and Light Weapons on the Socio-Economic Development of Nigeria: The Fulani Herdsmen Experience

  • Uchenna Sylvanus Obi
  • Paschal S. Okafor
Keywords: Socio-Economic Development, Fulani Herdsmen, Small weapons, light weapons


One of the fundamental obstacles to social and economic development of Nigeria is the proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW). It constitutes a major source of conflict which leads to destruction of lives and properties which in turn hinders development. This phenomenon had taken a serious dimension since the beginning of this political dispensation through the activities of Fulani herdsmen. The incessant attacks of these herdsmen in Plateau, Benue, Kaduna, Adamawa, Taraba, Kogi and some parts of Southern Nigeria have caused serious social and economic problems. This paper thus examines the implications of proliferation of small and light weapons on the socio-economic development of Nigeria using the Fulani herdsmen as a reference point and then proffers solutions.