Attacks on schools and children evoke a strong emotional response, which is a definitive goal of terrorist groups.
Sixty years after political independence, it is clear that Nigeria has not fulfilled its huge potential, but with a supportive public culture it can transform that into success.
The shrinking of Lake Chad contributes to instability in the countries which sit around its expanse.
Nigeria must eschew nepotism and ethnic or religious sentiments in the war against terror.
Should South Africa's military get involved, it would be venturing into a highly violent and complex landscape, requiring a counter-terrorism type of operations.
When people are hungry or not sure where their next meal is coming from, they get angry at their governments. This gives terrorist groups opportunities to recruit new members.
Some Boko Haram victims suffer double jeopardy when they return home to their kith and kin.
Interventions seen to originate in the West frequently spark suspicion in northern Nigeria.
The re-integration of defectors from terror groups into society is a conundrum governments in conflict situations have to deal with across the world.
It's been a decade since Boko Haram morphed into a violent, radicalised, Jihadist sect after the death of its founder. Since then it has caused untold harm in Nigeria.
At the Sochi summit, African states embraced Russia's newly established relations.
It is time to reconsider the predominant strategy in play on the continent for dealing with terrorism.
It will take a global effort to slow the rise in
atrocities against religious groups.
Private military and security companies are increasingly being contracted in Africa. But there are big gaps in understanding their impact.
Organizations try to hide mistakes and evade responsibility, studies show. But two scholars analyzing militant and terrorist groups say they are willing to acknowledge their mistakes – sometimes.
Displaced by the terrorist insurgency in Northeast Nigeria, refugees aren't wallowing in self-pity. They're mobilising whatever resources they can to rebuild livelihoods.
Boko Haram has the highest number of women fighters in the history of terror
Kidnapping in Nigeria has blossomed into a burgeoning criminal enterprise.
Links between groups within the Kivu province and the Islamic state are not new.
The US needs to review whether a security agenda based on US priorities will solve problems in sub-Saharan Africa.