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      Simon Ekpa
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      No. Well, not exactly. To understand a violent extremist groups you have to look at the group’s explicit agenda but also the bigger political and social forces that allow extremists to flourish. Boko Haram’s agenda is the imposition a severe interpretation of sharia law on Nigeria, but it owes its base of support to northern Nigerians’ sense of economic marginalization and political disenfranchisement.

      Remember how Nigeria decided to ease tension between the north and south by alternating the presidency between the two? It’s not hard to see how this arrangement could cause trouble, and in 2010 it did: President Umaru Yar’Adua, a northerner and Muslim, died mid-way through his term. His vice president, a southerner and Christian named Goodluck Jonathan, assumed office, then ran for reelection in 2011.

      Northern Nigerians were outraged, feeling they’d been cheated of their control of the presidency. Northern Nigeria is poorer than the south and less developed; Jonathan’s hold on power (he now plans to run again in 2015) has, for many northerners, reinforced a long-held sense that their government is mistreating them. Public outrage led to rioting, which led to tit-for-tat violence between Muslims and Christians in the country’s religiously diverse middle region, which killed 800 people in just the first month after the 2011 election.

      None of this caused Islamic extremism or created Boko Haram, which was formed a decade before Yar’Adua died. But it is part of the country’s long-running north-south political and religious tension, and contributed to the sense of resentment and disenfranchisement in the north, which helped extremism generally and Boko Haram particularly to flourish.

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      Simon Ekpa
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