Haram -Boko Haram plans to overthrow secular Nigerian government and establish a ‘pure’ Islamic state in northern Nigeria. Is the threat real or over-blown media hype?
Nigeria, Boko Haram – “Nigeria has an estimated population of 170 million with a religious composition of an equal ratio of Christians and Muslims; most Christians live in the southern part of the country whilst the Muslims mainly live in the north. Although Nigeria is a secular state, religion has and continues to play a dominant role in Nigerian politics; the clearest evidence of this occurred when the former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo legitimatised the implementation of sharia law as a basis of the executive and judicial branches of government in twelve of the nineteen states in the northern part of Nigeria in 1999-2000. – Religious extremism is an ideology considered to be far outside the mainstream attitudes of society. “
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