1st Edition

Boko Haram’s Terrorist Campaign in Nigeria Contexts, Dimensions and Emerging Trajectories

Edited By Temitope B. Oriola, Freedom Onuoha, Samuel Oyewole Copyright 2022
    252 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    252 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book investigates the devastating impacts of the Boko Haram terrorist campaign in Nigeria, reflecting on the group’s historical context, organizational dynamics, and emerging trajectories.

    Since its inception in 2002, Boko Haram’s terrorist campaign has become one of the major threats to security and human development in West Africa, killing tens of thousands of people, and displacing many more. This book reflects on the origins and development of Boko Haram, contextualizing it in the global trend of militant Islamist movements. It delves into the tactics of the organization, their deployment of sexual and gender- based violence against women and human rights abuses in the war against them. The war against Boko Haram has seen engagement from the international community, national and regional military operations, and also a range of civilian- led movements. This book reflects on the roles of these different actors, and the emerging trajectories that need to be considered in order to eradicate Boko Haram.

    Drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives, this book will be of interest to researchers across the fi elds of sociology, political science, African studies, and peace and conflict studies.

    Chapter 1 Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin: Dimensions, Activities and Trajectories

    Temitope B. Oriola, Freedom C. Onuoha and Samuel Oyewole

    Part I: Boko Haram and Gender

    Chapter 2 Deconstructing the Notion of Women as "Perpetrators" of Jihadi Terrorism: The Case of Boko Haram

    Damilohun D. Ayoyo, Anthony Mpiani, Temitope B. Oriola

    Chapter 3 Boko Haram’s Abduction of Dapchi Schoolgirls and State Responses

    Samuel Oyewole and Freedom C. Onuoha

    Part II: Boko Haram and the Media

    Chapter 4 When reporters become victims: The Nigerian media and the Boko Haram conflict

    Abdul-Gafar Tobi Oshodi

    Chapter 5 Boko Haram, Counter-Insurgency and Media-Oriented Terrorism

    Mitterand M. Okorie

    Part III: Boko Haram and Displacement

    Chapter 6 The Responsibility to Defend? Boko Haram Terrorism and Responses to Terror-Induced Displacement in Northeast Nigeria

    Obasesam Okoi

    Chapter 7 Resilience and Livelihood Strategies among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Northeast Nigeria

    Usman A. Tar and Samuel Baba Ayegba

    Part IV: Boko Haram and Non-State Actors

    Chapter 8 The Role of NGOs in the Boko Haram Conflict: Have NGO Activities in Northeast Nigeria Prolonged the Conflict?

    Ibikunle Adeakin, Simon Gray and Oge Madu

    Chapter 9 Vigilantism: The Political Economy of the Civilian Joint Task Force and its Consequences on Counter-terrorism Operations in Northeast Nigeria

    Emeka Thaddues Njoku and Joshua Akintayo


    Part V: Boko Haram and Human Rights

    Chapter 10 Human rights violations in the fight against Boko Haram

    Anthony Mpiani

    Chapter 11 Human Rights, Counterterrorist Operations and the Politics of Leahy Laws Implementation in Nigeria: Between Facts and Fiction

    Omotuyi Sunday and Iwebunor Okwechime

    Part VI: Boko Haram and International Actors

    Chapter 12 Mapping International Support for the fight against Boko Haram

    Usman A. Tar and Bashir Bala


    Temitope B. Oriola is joint Editor- in- Chief of the African Security journal, and Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada.

    Freedom C. Onuoha is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria.

    Samuel Oyewole is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Studies and International Relations, North- West University, South Africa, and a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Federal University Oye- Ekiti, Nigeria.