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Boko Haram did not emerge from a vacuum. Radical Islam has existed in Nigeria for decades, since independence. The insurgency represents something different, and more sinister in nature in that Boko Haram seeks to destabilize the Nigerian government within a jihadist framework. Boko Haram's goal is to overtake the Nigerian government and impose Sharia law upon the entire nation. Boko Haram has a political agenda that appeals to the disenfranchised Muslim citizens in the northeastern region of Nigeria, because it focuses on social justice issues. The Nigerian government has been the target of Boko Haram, particularly after the government-sponsored assassination of Mohammad Yusef. Violence and intimidation are not sensible or effective responses to Boko Haram, but transformational anti-poverty policies are.
Hansen, W.W. & Musa, U.A. (2013). Fanon, the Wretched and Boko Haram. Journal of Asian and African Studies January 15, 2013 0021909612467277.
Frantz Fanon, premier philosopher of post-colonial discourse, would have predicted the emergence of Boko Haram. Fanon would have framed Boko Haram as a natural and direct response to the policies and programs that have governed Nigerian society. Those policies and programs have marginalized the "wretched," subjugating the "other," the poor, and the non-Christian. Nigerian independence was created as a vestige of colonialism, and still carried with it systematic oppression, social and economic hierarchy, and enabling of rampant poverty and exploitation. The violence of socio-economic and political oppression has now been twisted into the wretched violence of Boko Haram. The best way to understand Boko Haram and prevent future insurgency is to frame the organization within Fanon's discourse, to show that terrorist violence is an expression of genuine anger and pain.
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