The menace of Boko Haram and its effect on Nigeria’s economy

A 'Million Women March' in the Nigerian capital Abuja to protest at the government's failure to combat Boko Haram (photo:dpa)
A 'Million Women March' in the Nigerian capital Abuja to protest at the government's failure to combat Boko Haram (photo:dpa)

Islamist extremists Boko Haram have brought the northeast of Nigeria to a near standstill with its five-year campaign of terror which has seen the abduction of young girls from their schools, thousands driven from their homes and the population of entire villages slaughtered. Nigeria has enjoyed massive economic growth. But there is a deepening division between the commercial south and its poverty-stricken north dominated by the fear of Boko Haram. Young men in this corner of Nigeria have no alternative but to submit to Boko Haram or flee their homes perpetuating a cycle of poverty and instability.

BOKO HARAM poses a major threat to national sovereignty and the integrity of Nigeria. B...

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