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Source: Norfolk State UniversityA Norfolk State University political science professor has written a chapter in an upcoming textbook that examines the terrorist group recently linked to the kidnapping of 200 school girls in Nigeria.
Dr. Olusoji Akomolafe, who is originally from Nigeria, contributed a chapter to the book “Africa in the New World Order: Peace and Security Challenges in the 21st Century,” which will be released later this month by Lexington Books.
In the chapter written by Akomolafe, titled, “The Emergence of Boko Haram: Anatomy of a Weak State,” he writes about the inability of Nigerian government to stop Boko Haram due to corruption within the country’s government. He also says Nigeria lacks basic infrastructure in many sections of the country and that the current government does not protect its citizens.
“The group has been around the Northeastern part of the country for a long time and has killed thousands of people as they try to make Nigeria into an Islamic caliphate,” Akomolafe said.
Founded in 2002, Boko Haram has recently been in the news because of the kidnapping of more than 200 school girls in April and connections to several terrorist attacks in the country. The United States has offered to help the country find the abducted children and drones are reportedly flying over Nigerian skies. In 2013, the U.S. Department of State designated the group as a terrorist organization.
Nigeria has one the world’s largest oil supplies, but half of the country’s population is destitute and lives in poverty. Critics argue that poverty and corruption in the country have led to political uprisings, piracy and constant conflict.
The professor said he hopes the release of the textbook, which focuses on Africa’s post-Cold War politics and security challenges, helps to stimulate awareness and dialogue that may one day lead to changes in Nigeria and other African countries.
“You have a country that doesn’t have the means to deal with the problem,” Akomolafe said. “In the long run, maybe with the cooperation of the international community…something can be done. But, in the meantime, the country is fast running out of time.”