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How should Boko Haram be dealt with?

Alex Jakana | 12:01 UK time, Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Nigeria's police chief is holding a crucial meeting on Tuesday with police commissioners from across Nigeria to discuss the threat posed by Boko Haram. The Islamist group are accused of shootings in Maiduguri in recent days, and they claim responsibility for Thursday's bombing in Abuja.



The Boko Haram sect accuses Nigeria's government of being corrupted by Western ideas and wants to overthrow the state and impose Islamic law on the country. Do you in any way sympathise with this view?

A section of the Nigerian media is reporting that the police have made some arrests including foreigners following last Thursday's attack. According to the reports those arrested include some Somali nationals. A spokesman of the Boko Haram group claimed last week that some of its members had been trained in bomb making by Somali militants.

Is anti-Western sentiment on the rise across Africa?  What would you like to see the police do to combat the threat Boko Haram poses to peace and stability?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 21 June at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.



  • Comment number 1.

    Nigerian people and indeed its leaders are living in a fools paradise.
    The Boko Haram crises will exacerbate and spread to all parts of the Muslim North, with occasional attacks in other parts of the country. This is so because the environment is conducive for such spread: self -inflicted poverty is rife,

  • Comment number 2.

    a large retinue of ‘almajiris’ that will guarantee the availability of a fighting force, low literacy level, conservative leadership that has perpetuated the exploitation of its people, are parts of the explosive mix that will perpetuate insecurity in the North.

  • Comment number 3.

    Nigeria is effectively the next Somalia: The North will perpetually remain ungovernable, that will propel The South and the Christian North to eventually ‘move slightly apart’ like Somaliland and Puntland. Recognition will not be a problem because of the oil resources available in the South and the refugee crises that may follow a protracted conflict.

  • Comment number 4.

    Short-term solution, round up Boko Haram members, suspected members and supporters and kill them. Long-term solution, let the north secede and build a Berlin-style wall to separate north from south. Boko Haram is an anarchist, religious/Muslim terrorist group and should be dealt with as such.

  • Comment number 5.

    We have a very disorganized country and the Nigerian police is the very face of the disaster and failure called Nigeria. The police must be reorganized and modernized to serve the country and not the leaders. Therefore, problems facing the country's security should be treated as such and not be allowed to assume religious, political and ethnic dimension which is usually the case.

  • Comment number 6.

    Do we understand the issues and problems between the Islamics, the Christians and the traditional belivers? Until we understand the issues and concerns, we might not have solutions for these kinds of problems

  • Comment number 7.

    I see ignorance, lots of hopelessness, and misguidedness in these sentiments of Boko Haram. To me, those are the only problems the Nigerian government and the police have to deal with. Unfortunately, however, the lingering problem of massive official corruption in the country does not give the government or its police enough credibility to handle any social problems.

  • Comment number 8.

    Even though nothern nigeria is turn into a police state with tight security, defeating the set (Boko Haram) won't be an easy achievement. And considering the gravity of the problem; the local people should play a substantial role, because those terorists leave within them and they know who they are for sure!

  • Comment number 9.

    This is too late, but better late than never -- I feel if Boko Harma really has the people's interest at heart, they will not resort to violence. No one should force their religion on someone else; if force needs to be used, perhaps the idea needs to be re-thought.

  • Comment number 10.

    The only feasible way that the Boko Haram could have their desire is if the nation is split. Whatever they like they could go ahead and do. If their religion dictates, cutting of arms for adultery,the choice would be theirs, but for now, no Way!


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