Where is Boko Haram? – By Olamide Noble


The Islamic State in West Africa or the Islamic State’s West Africa Province, formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād and commonly known as Boko Haram, is a jihadist terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria, also… Wikipedia

Founder: Mohammed Yusuf

Founded: 2002, Maiduguri

Headquarters: Maiduguri

Leaders: Abubakar Shekau and Abu Musab al-Barnawi

Active: 2002–present

Ideology: Salafist Jihadism

Battle(s) and war(s): Boko Haram insurgency: 2015 West African offensive P

of: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (since 2015)

1. What is the Boko Haram fighting for?

Boko Haram seeks the establishment of an Islamic state in Nigeria. It opposes the Westernization of Nigerian society and the concentration of the wealth of the country among members of a small political elite, mainly in the Christian south of the country. Continue Reading »

2. What does Boko Haram mean?

Militant Islamist group Boko Haram has gained notoriety with the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria. … Boko Haram translates from the local Hausa language to mean “Western education is a sin”, according to most media reports. Continue Reading »

3. What happened to Boko Haram?

On the night of 14–15 April 2014, 276 mostly Christian female students were kidnapped from the Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. Responsibility for the kidnappings was claimed by Boko Haram, an Islamist extremist terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria. Continue Reading »

4. Why did Boko Haram kidnap schoolgirls?

Inside abducted Chibok girls’ school in Nigeria

Boko Haram was targeting them because of their opposition to Western education, which the militants believe corrupts the values of Muslims. But Chibok had not been attacked before, so it was felt safe to use the school for the important final year exams. Continue Reading »

written by: Adigun Michael Olamide ‘Olamide Noble’

source(s): Wikipedia, BBC