The north-central geopolitical zone of Nigeria has experienced an overwhelming number of intra- and interethnic violent conflicts since the 1990s. This phenomenon has adversely affected stability in the zone. Astonishingly, some of these unresolved conflicts involved the Tiv, who hitherto had efficient traditional methods of mediating and resolving conflicts. However, those methods have either not been exploited to address the surging conflicts or they have proved ineffective inf curbing them. This paper interrogates the trajectory of conflicts in north-central Nigeria especially those between the Tiv and their neighbors, and underscores how the Tiv people resolved conflicts in former times. It stresses the factors responsible for the continuation of conflicts in the north-central zone and proffers alternatives for facilitating peaceful coexistence in the region.


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