Article of Interest: Toward A Better Understanding of Boko Haram

A recent article on Boko Haram was posted on the Africa Collective, by Moses Ochonu, Associate Professor of African History at Vanderbilt University: Toward a Better Understanding of Boko Haram.


Contrary to the claims of Boko Haram then, Western education is not the problem but part of a menu of solutions to problems such as unemployment, poverty, and crime, which the group’s leaders highlighted during its preaching, proselytizing phase. A legitimate question to pose then is whether extremist ideologies like Boko Haram would find positive reception and recruits if Western education had been more democratized and access to it subsidized for Northern Nigeria’s poor Muslims.

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