how did the bokoharam gain prominence in nigeria.
By Femvila|23 May 2022 by 02:53pm
It all begin in the year 1992, the Algerian military staged a coup to prevent the the Islamic Salvation Front from winning the country's first democratic election, due to the coup the country slipped into a Civil war, a very brutal conflict that lasted till 2002, more than 200,000 Algerians died and about 15,000 were displaced. Among the displaced were the Islamic fighters who flee the country, they found refuge in the deserted area of Northern Mali. There, the fighters rebuild their resources and allied with local rebel groups and they began engaging in criminal activities.
In 2007, these fighters reorganize themselves and swear allegiance to the al-Qaeda, they call themselves al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), meaning al-Qaeda in the Islamic west, this group had one aim, which is to overthrow the Algerian government and set up an Islamic state, to achieve this aim the AQIM began collaborating and funding a small militant group in Nigeria, the Bokoharam, it literally means western education is a sin.
The Bokoharam emerged in 2002 but gain prominence in 2009, the AQIM provided the Bokoharam with weapons and money, but the Bokoharam had a different motive, they wanted Nigeria to abandoned western education, science and modern literature.
To enforce thier will the Bokoharam started raiding villages, slaughtering people and o kidnapping children, they used these abducted children to carry suicidattacks across africa.s.