Violent Extremism Could Beckon in North-western Nigeria if Local Dynamics Are Ignored

By Nicolas Florquin, Alaa Tartir, and Anthony Obayi Onyishi

'In January 2022, in a bid to stem a tide of violent attacks and kidnappings in north-western Nigeria, the government labelled the armed groups involved in the violence as "terrorists". The relationship between these groups and the internationally designated terrorist groups Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province in north-eastern Nigeria was unclear. But the decision illustrated growing concern that violent extremism might spread to the country's north-west. It also raised questions about the types of measures that were needed to prevent escalation of violence...'

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Keywords: SANA Violent extremism PVE