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On the Brink? The Nigerian State and the Making of Boko Haram

  • John-Mark Iyi
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Abstract

The rise of Boko Haram as a terrorist group in Nigeria has been attributed to different factors ranging from poor governance, poverty and socio-economic deprivation, to struggle for political power at the centre as a means to Nigeria’s oil wealth. In this chapter, I briefly sketch the several layers of interconnected local, regional and international factors that have combined to produce one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world. I argue that just as international law has struggled to grapple with the challenges posed by international terrorism as a legal phenomenon, combating the local manifestation of this phenomenon by states such as Nigeria has been constrained by the international legal lacunae as much as by a confluence of domestic social, economic, religious and political fault lines, the most threatening of which, in the case of a deeply divided country like Nigeria, is the dangerous mix of religion and politics, which have combined to produce Boko Haram and have brought the most populous black nation on earth to the brink.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John-Mark Iyi
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  1. 1.Department of Jurisprudence, School of LawUniversity of VendaThohoyandouSouth Africa

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