Understanding Boko Haram Crisis in Nigeria

Gbadamosi Musa Olaposi


On close examination of complexity of Boko Haram in Nigeria, the only undeniable fact remain that there is a crisis going on under the auspices of Boko Haram.  To have better understanding of the crisis one needs to understand what Boko Haram really means.  The acclaimed group simply called themselves “Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad’ meaning (People Committed to the Propagation of Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad), not Boko Haram. Some school of thought claimed that the movement is a derivative, it is not a new phenomenon in the country and that it came into existence in the 1960’s but survived through the decades under various names [1]. Some especially at the Federal Government circle said. “it is a faceless organization” [2]. Upon all these intellectual display, the impact of Boko Haram can be felt by  every living soul in the country, even the International Community can attest to the existence of the organization. These therefore raised the questions who are the so called Boko Haram?

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