Inside Story

How should Boko Haram be dealt with?

Boko Haram for years waged an armed campaign in the northeast of the country and neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

The Boko Haram armed group outraged much of the world in 2014 when it abducted schoolgirls in Chibok, a town in northeastern Nigeria.

A few years after a military operation was launched against the armed group, it has claimed responsibility for a similar attack.

Hundreds of schoolboys were kidnapped, this time in the northwest.

The attack in Katsina state was initially blamed on bandit groups that have carried out kidnappings for ransom in the area.

Hundreds of students are missing while others escaped.

Boko Haram said it had targeted the school to fulfil a long-held aim of stopping Western education.

Can this group be defeated?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Ovigwe Eguegu – Geopolitical and security analyst at Afripolitika

Annie Olaloku-Teriba – Nigeria affairs analyst and presenter of a series called Black as in Revolution

Ini Dele-Adedeji – Research fellow at the University of Edinburgh Center for African Studies