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Understanding the Dynamics of Islamic Radicalism in Nigeria is key to Bringing Boko Haram to Book

By Uyo Salifu, Researcher, Transnational Crime and International Crime Division, ISS Pretoria
Nigeria has started talks with the Islamic sect popularly known as Boko Haram in an attempt to remedy the security crisis that has crippled the country for the past two years. This dialogue takes place after much wrangling and procrastination on the part of both parties. While the attempt at dialogue is welcome, doubt remains as to whether this strategy will succeed. The decision to negotiate with a sect that the authorities had previously taunted as being a group whose days were numbered, could suggest that the government’s military approach has failed. Further, it seemingly indicates that the government has run out of options to contain Boko Haram on its own terms. Boko Haram’s incessant attacks, which have included suicide missions, bombings and gun battles, have claimed thousands of lives and injured many more. 
The quest for a lasting solution to the crisis must begin with an understand…

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