Boko Haram: A Reign of Terror

  • Olumuyiwa Temitope Faluyi
  • Sultan Khan
  • Adeoye O. Akinola
Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)


Nigeria experienced conflict prior to the emergence of Boko Haram. The causes ranged from ethnic, to religious, political and/or economic issues. It is thus important to examine Boko Haram’s discourses in light of these foundations. This chapter discusses the historical antecedents of armed insurrection against the Nigerian state. Boko Haram has operated under different names and has employed sophisticated methods of attack, which have also evolved over time. This has attracted global attention. The chapter addresses the following questions: What is the driving force behind Boko Haram’s modus operandi? What is its ideological disposition? What are its survivalist strategies? Boko Haram’s sources of funding, the factors that promote its sustainability and its links to international terrorist organizations are also examined.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olumuyiwa Temitope Faluyi
    • 1
  • Sultan Khan
    • 2
  • Adeoye O. Akinola
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Social SciencesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalPietermaritzburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of Social ScienceUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa
  3. 3.Faculty of Commerce, Administration & LawUniversity of ZululandKwaDlangezwaSouth Africa

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