Thursday, November 10, 2011

Boko Haram Is Another Consequence of Unequal Development in Nigeria

African Arguments
9 November 2011


An extremely violent Islamist group based in north east Nigeria, Boko Haram has emerged as a significant factor in Nigerian politics and security.

Once confined to Maidugri - and driven partly by regional politics - it has now struck in other parts of the north and in the capital Abuja at the centre of Nigeria. Recent attacks in Damataru and Maidugri have claimed over 200 lives.

Two years ago the government claimed victory after the death of its leader, Mohamed Yusuf, after a battle at its headquarters in Maidugri. Film showed the police randomly executing civilians, and apparently murdering Yusuf whilst in police custody. Problem solved said the government. They could not have been more wrong. Boko Haram has re-emerged, more numerous, better armed and utterly ruthless.

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