Countering Violent Extremism in Nigeria
“The wind of insurgency rocking Nigeria’s North East Geopolitical Zone emanates from the terror group Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, aka Boko Haram, and has experts comparing Nigeria to Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Somalia, Afghanistan and a host of other countries that have been engulfed by Islamic extremism. Like any growing democracy, Nigeria is not immune to challenges. In a country of 170 million spanning the ethnic, cultural and religious spectrum it would indeed be peculiar if agitation and struggle were not part of the landscape.
During Nigeria’s 16 years of transitioning into a democratic state, certain conflicts have come to define the administrations of successful governments by putting them in the spotlight of trying to resolve certain issues. These issues range from resource control in the Niger Delta to communal and ethno-religious conflicts in virtually every corner of the country and include kidnapping, armed robbery and the proliferation of small arms...”
Excerpt from Valkamiya Ahmadu, “Countering Violent Extremism in Nigeria,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 6, No. 4, 2015: 36-39.
Valkamiya Ahmadu was a senior program officer for public safety and security at the CLEEN Foundation, where she implemented the Women Preventing Extremist Violence project. She holds a master’s degree in international security and terrorism from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
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