Who is Boko Haram?

By Brittney Ifemembi

Boko Haram is a Nigerian Islamic Militant group that is attempting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state. They are against all western ideals such as voting in elections and receiving secular education. They believe that Nigeria is being run by non-believers. Boko Haram is responsible for multiple bombings, assassinations and kidnappings around the country. Nigeria has done a poor job of controlling Boko Haram. About one year ago, President Goodluck Jonathan declared Nigeria in state of emergency. He only declared this state of emergency because of international pressure after the 200 girls were kidnapped from Chibok. Since his declaration nothing has improved. President Jonathan has said that the problem with Boko Haram is an international problem, but in reality it is a problem that Nigeria needs to try to solve itself before bringing in outside help.

Boko Haram’s success is a product of the high amounts of corruption and instability in the Nigerian government. The president’s advisors are down playing the situation saying that the north “manufactured” Boko Haram as a politics play. Jonathan has distanced himself from the situation because of his advisors suspicions and he believes the less he does the less incompetent he looks. If he puts in efforts to stop Boko Haram and fails he looks like he is unable to protect his people like a leader should. If Nigeria continues to ignore the problem with Boko Haram could completely overtake the Nigerian government. With the recent election of Jonathan’s successor; General Muhammadu Buhari there is hope for improvement. Buhari plans to decrease the amount of corruption in the Nigerian government and attack Boko Haram more directly. Hopefully the change in leadership will be a large step toward defeating Boko Haram and bringing peace to the people of Nigeria.

Work Cited
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27396702
http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21640348-only-if-government-tackles-misrule-and-endemic-corruption-will-jihadist-group-be
http://www.economist.com/node/21563751
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13809501

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5 responses to “Who is Boko Haram?

  1. This is definitely a serious problem which the world should be concerned with. Any form of systematically attacking innocent people in the name of religion (or anything for the matter) should be widely condemned by the world. However, you are right. The Nigerian government must step up and try to slow and eventually stop the growing influence of Boko Haram; allowing it to continue to operate only exacerbates the situation.

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  2. I was wondering what percentage of Nigeria is Muslim?

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  3. I really enjoyed this Blog Post. I am a bit skeptical with why all these countries that have some kind of issues with terrorists tend to point their finger at the West. I think it might have something to do with Globalization and all of us realizing how different we are. Why the West gets the beef? Well because we promote Globalization more than anyone else. I think Boko Haram is a very very scary terrorist organization and I really hope we can deal with it. I believe that Buhari is indeed hope.

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  4. chendaniil

    In my opinion, all these terrorist organizations have nothing to do with Islam. I think that terrorist groups use religion as an excuse for their actions, which is really bad. I believe every government in the world has corruption issue; in some countries it’s higher rate of corruption, in others its lower. Seems like the first name of Nigerian ex-president doesn’t really fit him. I hope that new president will be able to solve this problem and make government to care about their citizens.

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  5. Dear Brittney,

    Terrorism is a serious global problem that affects all innocent people. The very unfortunate thing is that too many innocent people of all cultures and religions around the world have been harmed or killed because of terrorism. No religion condones the killing of innocent people. Any who commit such horrific acts are not real human beings because they go against every fiber of humanity. May there be peace and security in the world. May no innocent human beings ever have to live in this fear and may all countries that suffer from terrorism never have to suffer from it again.

    ~Professor Myra Chaudhary

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