The federal republic of Nigeria has been ranked alongside South Sudan, Somalia and Zimbabwe as one of the most fragile countries in Africa.
The stability of African countries were highlighted in the latest Fragile States Index released by United States think tank, Fund for Peace.
The index ranks countries per their vulnerability to collapse based on twelve key political, social and economic indicators using the Conflict Assessment System Tool (CAST) analytical approach.
The annual report released since 2005 has Mauritius ranked the least fragile country in Africa and 148th in the world.
Mauritius is followed by Seychelles, Botswana, Ghana, Cape Verde, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, Gabon and Tunisia.
They rank 125th, 120th, 108th, 106th, 103rd, 97th, 96th, 91st and 89th in the world respectively.
The most fragile country in Africa, according to the index, is South Sudan, followed by Somalia, Central African Republic, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Guinea, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.
178 countries were ranked based on the different pressures they face that impact their levels of fragility.
The most stable country on the global scale is Finland, followed by Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and Ireland.
Nigeria has suffered innumerable ethnic, religious and regional clashes in recent time; with the perpetration of Fulani herdsmen across the country, the Islamist insurrection in the North-east, and the deeds — or rather misdeeds, of a diplomatically-handicapped leader now constantly fueling tension of historic proportion.