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Hussein Solomon Highlights Important Factors to be Considered when Responding to Boko Haram

Against All OddsHussein Solomon, author of Against All Odds: Opposition Political Parties in Southern Africa, wrote an article for the ACCORD newsletter (The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes) on Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group responsible for the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls earlier this year.

Solomon explores the history of this organisation and the structural conditions that influence Islamist violence. “Boko Haram’s founder, Mohammed Yusuf, first started attracting followers by railing against deteriorating living standards and state corruption,” writes Solomon. He goes on to explain why neither political dialogue with the group nor violent suppression will work to bring an end to their reign of terror in northern Nigeria and other parts of Africa.

Read Solomon’s article:

As the world remains focused on the fate of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by members of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram from the town of Chibok, Borno State in mid-April, it is clear that this terrorist organisation is rapidly reinforcing its position as a regional menace. In late May, the group staged an attack in northern Cameroon where a Chinese worker was killed and 10 others kidnapped. Remaining unmoved by the opprobrium levelled against them via social media Boko Haram’s leader, Abubaker Shekau, and his followers staged more violent attacks across northern Nigeria that stretched into June 2014. This Policy & Practice Brief (PPB) examines who, or what, Boko Haram is, and offers suggestions on some important factors to be considered when designing and implementing interventions aimed at ending the group’s acts of terrorism.

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