The atrocities and motivation of bandits have assumed insurgent-type criminality. But the Nigerian government is reluctant to label them terrorists or insurgents.
Exploring many contemporary cases of radical behaviour showed they had one thing in common: how the risk of radicalisation may be linked to fractured relationships.
Nigeria’s plan of de-radicalising and integrating former Boko Haram terrorists should be fine-tuned to achieve more.
Jihadi groups take advantage of endemic poverty, inequality, high unemployment levels, illiteracy, ethnic divisions, and poor governance to spread their campaign of violence in the Sahel region.
Resolving jihadist conflicts in the Sahel requires treating jihadists not as terrorists only but also as political actors who seek to provide an alternative form of governance to the status quo.
Islamic State West Africa Province appears to be consolidating its dominance in the region. This means Nigeria and other countries in the Sahel region have a lot more to be worried about.
Bans haven’t been effective in curbing the ubiquity of commercial motorcycles in Lagos.
The struggle among elites has not resulted in efforts to improve the material lives of ordinary people unconnected to the political elite.
This is a transcript of episode 12 of The Conversation Weekly podcast, including a story on the reasons why Kenyan women who join Al-Shabaab.
Chadian president Idriss Deby’s death has serious implications for stability in the troubled Lake Chad Basin and the broader Sahel region of West Africa.
Plus, why women join Al-Shabaab in Kenya. Listen to episode 12 of The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Due to the poor security response of the Nigerian state, insurgency will continue to pose a serious threat to its northeast border communities.
In the past five years, the rise of banditry and terror attacks have had devastating effects on children in northern Nigeria.
Biya’s long rule has robbed Cameroon of its credibility as a stable and peaceful country.
Research shows that radio and mobile technologies can support a swift and sensitive response to educational disruption.
Nigerian women’s experiences of conflict mirror their unequal status and the prevalence of gender violence in and out of conflict.
Although Niger’s quest for entrenching democracy is a good development, poverty and insecurity are obstacles.
Nigeria is not getting full benefits of increased funding for its military
Many things have to change for Nigeria’s federal system to work and accommodate its diverse citizens’ interests
Given its natural resources and people, Nigeria should be a prosperous nation, but after 60 years of self governance, the country now ranks as the world poverty capital.