Members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, a vigilante group battling Boko Haram in north east Nigeria.
Inefficient policing in Nigeria has forced many communities to rely on vigilante groups for security. Despite using force and violence, many groups even have support from authorities.
Residents view an army poster of wanted Boko Haram suspects in Bayelsa, Nigeria.
Despite military successes against Boko Haram, Nigeria needs to face up to the unpalatable truth that military force alone will not win the deadly war, and start discussions about peace building.
Without the perfect-storm conditions of post-invasion insurgency, this most potent expression of al-Qaedaism yet would never have risen to dominate both the Middle East and the world in the way that it does.
The final article of our series on the historical roots of Islamic State examines the role recent Western intervention in the Middle East played in the group's inexorable rise.
Nigeria’s newly appointed government ministers attend their swearing-in ceremony in Abuja.
No-one imagined that it would take Muhammadu Buhari more than 100 days to form a cabinet. But, then again, Nigeria is no ordinary country and it has its own inherent logic.
Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in Nigeria emboldens him to play a leading role in African affairs.
Former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Olusegun Obasanjo led confidently on African affairs because they were elected by comfortable majorities at home and had solid control of their political parties.
The relationship between Nigeria and South Africa has again been strained following xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
The relationship between Africa's two great powers, Nigeria and South Africa, has had its ups and downs, but has been relatively cordial since 1999.
Celebrating Buhari’s win on the streets of Jos.
In the end, Nigeria managed what once seemed impossible and transferred political power relatively peacefully. What now?
Supporters of the presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari celebrating.
What appears to be a peaceful transference of presidential power in Nigeria -- unprecedented in the country's history -- has global significance in the fight against cultist jihadism.
Second time round for Buhari.
A historic win for a former military ruler in a democratic election and a man who ran out of luck. But Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari has his work cut out for him.
Standing up, being counted.
The 2015 elections in Nigeria were chaotic, but the country’s voters displayed immense courage in showing up at all. More than 20 people were killed, not in electoral violence between competing parties…
Damage from a Boko Haram bomb in Maiduguiri that claimed 51 lives.
As Nigeria goes to the polls, the fight against Boko Haram may be reaching a turning point – but in whose favour?
Goodluck Jonathan seeks a second term in office as Nigeria votes on March 28.
Nigeria heads to the polls on March 28 to choose between incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.
Five years after amnesty, how serious are threats from some former militants?
Islamist group raises real fears over security around national vote, but there are others threatening the peace.
The Nigerian president’s response to the Baga atrocity has done nothing for his re-election prospects.
In France 13 people are murdered by Islamic terrorists and it becomes a global news event, with around 50 world leaders visiting the country to take part in the mourning. In Nigeria, up to 2,000 people…
It has been an interesting month for leaders across Africa. Goodluck Jonathan finally declared a “total war” against Boko Haram despite not having the means to wage one, and after a puzzlingly sluggish…
Is anyone really listening?
Earlier this month, Nigeria marked a most unwelcome anniversary; a year of special measures in the three northern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. Located in the north east corner of the country, snug…