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The Christian Science Monitor -- How to loosen Boko Haram’s hold on Nigeria


May 9, 2014 | By Katrina Lantos Swett and M. Zuhdi Jasser

The following op-ed appeared in the Christian Science Monitor on May 8, 2014.

WASHINGTON - While this year marks the 100th anniversary of Nigeria’s nationhood, many Nigerians find themselves more alarmed and sorrowful than celebratory. Since the new year, the terrorist group Boko Haram has killed hundreds in its continuing campaign to destabilize Nigeria, deepen the Muslim/Christian divide, and create a state ruled by strict sharia (Islamic law). The recent mass kidnapping of at least 200 schoolgirls – as well as the gruesome bombing at a busy bus stop in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital – graphically underscores Boko Haram’s continued threat to the nation’s future.  Continue reading here.

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