Extremist insurgency: Boko Haram
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The Nigerian civil war was very violent and political power is uneasily shared between largely Christian/traditional south Nigeria (in charge for longtime) and the largely Muslim north (more neglected and poor).
Council on Foreign Relations [05 May 2014]: Boko Haram
- [14 January 2014] Combating Terrorism Center: Boko Haram's International Connections.
- [22 April 2013] Mercy Abang's blog: “I am not a member of Boko Haram” – Ahmed Salkida speaks on ‘Conversations with Abang Mercy’.
- [07 May 2014] BBC: Who are Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists?.
- [9 May 2014] What Boko Haram Tells Us About Nigeria and why it’s so Difficult to Help.
- [10 May 2014] Lycéennes enlevées au Nigeria : les autorités sont peut-être dépassées, selon le père Georges A former Boko Haram hostage comments (French).
- [10 May 2014] Playing Dead Allowed Ikenna Nzeribe To Survive Boko Haram Attack In Nigeria Another former hostage comment.
- [15 May 2014] How Islam can fight back against Boko Haram.
- [19 May 2014] Opinion: Media turns Boko Haram into 'superstar monsters'.
- [21 May 2014] Devastating Nigeria attacks show twisted ambition of Boko Haram.
- [21 May 2014] Boko Haram n’est pas un groupe djihadiste Article on background of Boko Haram (French).
- [25 May 2014] Bloodshed corrodes support for Boko Haram .
- [26 May 2014] The making of Boko Haram.
- [30 May 2014] Nigeria traditional leader shot dead by gunmen.
- [4 June 2014] BBC 'Dozens killed' in Boko Haram attack on Nigeria villages.
- [12 June 2014] BBC Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis reaches deadliest phase.
- [12 June 2014] Boko Haram crisis: UK boosts Nigeria military aid.
- [19 June 2014] Nigerian military arrest senior Boko Haram member: police.
- [19 June 2014] Reuters: Nigeria says militants plan petrol lorry attacks on capital.
- [22 June 2014] BBC: Boko Haram crisis: Dozens killed in villages near Chibok.
- [23 June 2014] BBC: Nigeria blast at Kano health college 'kills 8'.
- [24 June 2014] dailypost.ng Boko Haram: Over 60 women among 91 persons abducted in Borno, insurgents kill 30.
- [24 June 2014] BBC: Nigeria's Boko Haram 'seizes women' in Borno.
- [24 June 2014] Reuters: Nigerian security investigating possible mass kidnapping: source.
- [25 June 2014] Yahoo: Second Nigeria bombing during World Cup hits home for traveling fans.
- [27 June 2014] BBC: The Nigerian city living in fear of Boko Haram.
- [29 June 2014] BBC: Nigeria: 'Boko Haram' attack villages near Chibok.
- [30 June 2014] Timeline of Boko Haram-related incidents since girls’ abduction from Chibok.
- [17 July 2014] World Economic Forum: Five things I learned from a trip into Boko Haram territory.
- [22 July 2014] Council on Foreign Relations: Is Nigeria’s Boko Haram Becoming Territorial?.
- [27 July 2014] 'Boko Haram' abducts Cameroon politician's wife.
- [30 July 2014] Female bomber kills 6 in Nigeria, girl with explosives held.
- [30 July 2014] Nigeria Opens Long-Awaited Battle of Ideas Against Boko Haram.
- [31 July 2014] Al Jazeera English: Female suicide bombers shock Nigerians.
- [7 August 2014] Boko Haram ‘Butcher’ Recounts Killings-The Nation.
- [14 Nov. 2014] Boko Haram Militants Retake Chibok Again.
- [16 Nov. 2014] Nigerian army says it has regained town of Chibok.
- [16 Nov. 2014] Don't Negotiate With Boko Haram - Pastor Oritsejafor.
- [14 Jan. 2015] Human Rights Watch: Dispatches: What Really Happened in Baga, Nigeria?.
- [15 Jan. 2015] Amnesty International: Satellite images show horrific scale of Boko Haram attack on Baga.
Nigerian government handling of the insurrection
The Nigerian government took into custody wives and family members of Boko Haram militants:
"Contrary to the public rejection of any swap deal by the Nigerian government, there are some on-the-ground talks taking place," the source said. "An agreement was reached about two or three days ago in principle to start releasing some prisoners."
He said that among the prisoners that the group wanted released would be wives and families of Boko Haram fighters, some of whom have been taken into custody by the Nigerian government in order to exert emotional pressure on the fighters themselves. "The group also has a list of lower-level fighters that it wants released as well, but they are not high-profile ones," the source added.
Boko Haram funding
New Scientist suggests part funding from illegal ivory trade.
New Scientist 17 May volume 222 number 2969 page 10 and 11: "Meanwhile Nigeria's Boko Haram is targeting elephants in Cameroon".
Nigerian Summit in Paris
French president Hollande held a summit in Paris Saturday 17th May with representatives from Nigeria, Nigerian neighbouring countries, UK and USA to discuss the security situation in Nigeria.
Hollande said about Boko Haram that the weapons come from Libya but they must investigate more about funding sources.
Conclusions du "Sommet de Paris pour la sécurité au Nigeria"