Mitigating Radicalism in Northern Nigeria, fall 2013

Mitigating Radicalism in Northern Nigeria

Africa Security Brief, No. 26/ August 2013
A Publication of the Africa Center for Strategics Studies

By Michael Olufemi Sodipo

Northern Nigeria has been the locus of an upsurge in youth radicalization and virulent militant Islamist groups in Nigeria since 2009. Nigeria's ranking on the Global Terrorism Index rose from 16th out of 158 countries in 2008 to 6th (tied with Somalia) by the end of 2011. There were 168 officially recorded terrorist attacks in 2011 alone. Bombings across the northeast prompted President Goodluck Jonathan in May 2013 to declare a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe States. Many Nigerians have come to question whether the country is on the brink of a civil war.

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