Hundreds of Nigerian Boko Haram terrorists who are being held at Hajj camp in Borno State after surrendering rioted on Friday over N30,000 allowances promised by Government.
The ex-militant blocked the Bulumkutu- Maiduguri Highway creating gridlock and tension among residents in the area.
The incident illustrated the sensitive task which authorities face in re-inserting former fighters back into communities that have often suffered from years of attacks and kidnappings during a 13-year Islamist insurgency.
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Boko Haram is a terrorist group that originated in northeastern Nigeria. The group’s name means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language. Boko Haram is a Salafi jihadist group that seeks to overthrow the Nigerian government and establish an Islamic caliphate in its place.
Boko Haram was founded in 2002 by Mohammed Yusuf, a radical Muslim cleric. The group’s early activities were focused on preaching and social welfare work. However, in 2009, the group launched a violent insurgency against the Nigerian government. The insurgency has since claimed the lives of over 30,000 people and displaced millions more.
Boko Haram has been responsible for a number of high-profile attacks, including the kidnapping of over 270 schoolgirls from Chibok in 2014. The group has also been accused of using child soldiers and carrying out suicide bombings.
The Nigerian government has responded to the Boko Haram insurgency with a military campaign. However, the insurgency has proved to be difficult to defeat. Boko Haram has shown a great deal of resilience and has been able to adapt to the government’s military operations.
In recent years, Boko Haram has split into two factions. The main faction is led by Abubakar Shekau, who is known for his extreme brutality. The other faction is led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who is said to be more moderate.
The future of Boko Haram is uncertain. The group has been weakened by the military campaign, but it still poses a threat to Nigeria and the region. The Nigerian government will need to continue its military campaign and address the underlying causes of the insurgency, such as poverty and unemployment, in order to defeat Boko Haram once and for all.