Nigeria has been ranked the 13th least stable country in the world for the second year in a row, on the Fragile States Index, FSI, released by the Washington DC-based Fund for Peace, FFP.
The Index measures levels of stability in 178 countries and the countries are graded according to their vulnerability to threats of social, political, economic and demographic origins.
The 2017 FSI, released yesterday, is the 13th from FFP. Nigeria ranked 54 in 2005 the first time the index was published and its highest position yet.
In the 2017 ranking, Nigeria toppled seven African countries: South Sudan, Somalia, Central African Republic, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad and Guinea, who are all considered less stable than Nigeria.
Zimbabwe is co-ranked 13th with Nigeria and Ethiopia follows both countries as the 14th least stable country ion the world.