The resilient terror group has suffered major losses. But could the bigger threat to its existence come from within?
While a Boko Haram-like militarisation of a group seeking to secede from Nigeria is not a foregone conclusion, a continued state crackdown on it could at the very least swell its support.
Blog post: The many ‘defeats’ of Boko Haram
At the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly thanked the king of Jordan for donating military hardware to his country to fight Boko Haram – the insurgent group whose violent campaign started in 2009. For the same reason, he is also said to have thanked US President Donald Trump for selling… Read more »
During a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari claimed militant Islamist group Boko Haram are “currently not holding any territory” in the country. Is that so?
The International Organization for Migration’s tracker, which was launched in 2014, measures the number of people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, with the aim of helping the government and humanitarian agencies to better respond to their needs. The report is regularly updated, but covers seven states and the federal capital territory and thus does not take into account those made homeless by other skirmishes throughout the country. IOM’s website also provides some data on migration to and from Nigeria.
This fact-check, which we published on 14 October 2014, examines claims made in 2014 about the death toll to that date resulting from the conflict with Boko Haram. It provides figures from different sources and explains their methodologies.
The world knows that hundreds of girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents from a school in Chibok in northeast Nigeria on April 14. But how many were kidnapped and how many are still missing? This factsheet explains the numbers.
A small group of Nigerian women armed with AK-47s save their town and their school from Boko Haram militants. It is a story that has captured imaginations on social media. But the story is a hoax.
Blog post: COMMENT: How not to fight Boko Haram
Presenting Boko Haram as part of a global terror organisation draws the attention away from Nigeria’s own responsibility in the situation. And that is to use holistic counter-terrorism measures that respond to underlying causes and to respect the rule of law.