Stolen Girls

More than 200 girls were abducted from a school in Chibok, northern Nigeria, by the terrorist group Boko Haram over 2 weeks ago.

On Wednesday and Thursday Nigerians have marched in Abuja and Lagos against the government’s weak response to the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Protestors carried signs saying ‘Bring back our girls’.

Yesterday an apparent bomb blast killed at least 12 in the capital, Abuja, near the site of last month’s explosion by Boko Haram that killed at least 75 people. This highlights the continual threat that terrorism is posing in Nigeria.

Boko Haram in Nigeria

In recent years, Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist group has operated in the North and North-East of the country where it has carried out a wave of attacks against local Christian churches, schools and individuals.

Last year the Nigerian government deployed troops to 3 northern regions and declared a state of emergency to try and fight Boko Haram. The continual attacks have shown that Boko Haram is still inflicting terror.

Boko Haram’s main enemy is the government, as they hope to implement Sharia law, as opposed to ‘man-made laws’. This can be observed in its choice of targets which include religious institutions, government buildings, the police and businesses in an attempt to precipitate a war. In keeping with global trends, terrorism in Nigeria almost entirely consisted of armed assault and bombings/explosions.

Some have reported that more than 1,500 people have been killed by Boko Haram this year.

The Impact of Terrorism on Neighbours

Tensions in neighbouring countries have the potential to spill over into another country.

All of the countries that neighbour with Nigeria perform significantly lower than the international average on the 2013 Global Peace Index. Less peaceful countries are less resilient to external shocks like terrorism.

This means that the disastrous impact of Boko Haram in Nigeria has the potential to spill over into neighbouring countries. 

Earlier in the year there have been reports that Boko Haram Islamist militants have been making incursions from Nigeria into Cameroon, Chad and Niger to recruit members and hide.

The State of Peace in Nigeria

Nigeria has declined in peace every year since 2008. Nigeria’s 2013 country rating reached an all-time low of 148 out of a total of 162 countries.

Explore changes to levels of peace in Nigeria since 2008, or explore terrorism around the world through our Global Terrorism Index.


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