Boko Haram, Negotiations, and the Nigerian Federal Government

by John Campbell  Jacob Zenn, of the Jamestown Foundation, had a response to my November 2nd post Boko Haram Offers Cease Fire Opportunity? He writes: “The “Abu Muhammed Ibn Abdulaziz” who spoke with the media seems to have the same name as an ‘Abu Muhammad’ who reportedly spoke of negotiations with the government in Saudi […]

Is the West Uninterested in Nigeria’s Floods?

by John Campbell Over a million people have been displaced. In the Delta alone, tens of thousands have been moved into camps that are ill-equipped to receive them. Crop fields and fisheries in their thousands of hectares are completely flooded and destroyed. Local food shortages seem inevitable; though President Goodluck Jonathan is confident existing grain […]

Proposals on Restructuring Nigerian Governance

By John Campbell  Against the background of continuing political and security crises in Nigeria, elder statesmen–and others–are doing some serious thinking about how to change the constitution to create more effective governance. At an awards ceremony sponsored by one of Nigeria’s serious newspapers, Leadership, three major political figures made concrete suggestions. Former vice president Atiku […]

Nigeria: “What is Boko Haram?”

By John Campbell Even as the mayhem has unfolded, Nigerians and Nigeria’s friends are struggling to understand Boko Haram. Ostensibly a radical Islamic movement, what are its goals? Who are its leaders? Is it a part of the international jihad dominated by Al Qaeda? Some within the U.S. federal government see Boko Haram as a […]


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