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    Default Nigeria watching 2018 onwards

    A new thread for 2018, a little late and the issues within Nigeria are hardly likely to subside.

    There are two previous threads, both closed:Nigeria: the context for violence' (2006-2013) with 965 posts and 174,856 views;Nigeria 2013-2017 with 254 posts and 163,780 views.

    Alas our only declared Nigerian member stopped posting in July 2015, after nearly a thousand posts.

    There are two 2018 posts to move here, so in a moment that will appear first.
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    Default Boko Haram attacks in numbers - as lethal as ever

    An array of graphs and charts by BBC Monitoring:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42735414
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    Default Remote Warfare and the Boko Haram Insurgency

    A report (not read yet) that promises:
    This report by Open Briefing examines the effectiveness of the use of remote warfare by the Nigerian government, its regional allies and Western states to counter the threat of Boko Haram. With the rise of Boko Haram, international support to Nigeria and its neighbours has increased, with the US, the UK, France, Russia and China providing training, equipment, intelligence and military aid. The evolution of the Boko Haram insurgency over 2017 presents an opportunity for reflection and evaluation.
    The analysis for this report shows that while the operations carried out by the Nigerian military, alongside its regional and international partners, have degraded Boko Haram, they have also encouraged the factional forces to metastasise, build resilience and craft new tactics to sustain ongoing political violence.
    Link:http://oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/pu...ram_insurgency
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    Default Degradation of Boko Haram in Northeastern Nigeria: What’s Next for the Nigerian Army?

    A video (55 mins) of an address to RUSI June 18th by the Nigerian Army Chief of Army Staff. The introduction refers to:
    General Buratai is noted for his beliefs that the solution to combatting the insurgency does not lie in military operations alone – he is a proponent of comprehensive efforts involving both the Nigerian military and civil population. He will expand on how his differing approach to leadership of the Nigerian Army has advanced the battle against Boko Haram.
    Link:https://rusi.org/event/degradation-boko-haram-northeastern-nigeria-what%E2%80%99s-next-nigerian-army?

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    Default Governance, Accountability, and Security in Nigeria

    A short 2016 report from an African think tank, that I spotted this week and interesting as the focus is on policing.

    The Summary states:
    As in much of Africa, the vast majority of security threats facing Nigeria are internal, often involving irregular forces such as insurgents, criminal gangs, and violent religious extremists. Effectively combating such threats requires cooperation from local communities—cooperation limited by low levels of trust in security forces who often have reputations for corruption, heavy-handedness, and politicization. Tackling modern security threats, then, is directly tied with improving the governance and oversight of the security sector, especially the police. Key paths forward include clarifying the structure of command and oversight, strengthening merit-based hiring and promotion processes, and better regulating private and voluntary security providers.
    The Highlights:
    • Low levels of trust in the Nigerian police limit public cooperation critical to combatting internal security threats from irregular forces such as insurgents, criminal gangs, and extremists.
    • Allegations of corruption, heavy-handedness, and politicization have dogged the Nigeria Police Force for years. However, a lack of political will has perpetuated a culture of impunity, weak oversight, and an unwillingness to absorb lessons learned from previous efforts at police reform.
    • Improving the effectiveness of the Nigerian police depends on governance reforms. Depoliticizing the appointment and promotion processes for senior police officers and genuinely empowering oversight bodies are critical steps to opening a sustainable path to reform and rebuilding trust with local communities.
    Link:https://africacenter.org/publication...-nigeria-html/
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    Default Losing my religion? The backlash to Boko Haram in northern Nigeria

    Something different, judge for yourself if it will make a difference.
    Link:https://africanarguments.org/2018/10...haram-nigeria/
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