Boko Haram - Endless Terror?

The latest HSFK-Standpunkt adresses the reasons for success of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria

On the hand, Nigeria is Africa's largest national economy; on the other hand it is the country with the lowest life expectancy in the world. The reasons for this contradiction is the deep chasm of the country. While the south of the country experiences a constant growth, the north of Nigeria suffers from poverty and insecurity. The Nigerian government does not manage to equally distribute access to resources and profits, in spite of a democratic constitution. There is a lack of investments into the health and educational systems.


The terror group Boko Haram arose out of these inequalities. The brutal organization demands an Islamic state, the abolition of corruption and the unjust distibution of wealth. The government is unable to stop the bloody wanderings, despite high investments in security sector policies.


In HSFK-Standpunkt Nr.4/2014 "Boko Haram – Terror ohne Ende? Der Erfolg der islamistischen Terrorgruppe ist ein Symptom für viele Probleme Nigerias", Nina Müller analyzes the backdrops, aberrations and failures and presents possible solutions.


This HSFK-Standpunkt can be downloaded as a free PDF (German only).