Northern Nigeria is still being terrorised by Boko Haram
Boko Haram, the West African Islamic extremist organization, has maintained an insurgency in Northern Nigeria for close to thirteen years. The terrorist group seeks to implement strict Islamic law in the region and oppose any who disagree with their interpretations of Islam.
The capital of Borno State, Maiduguri, has been a target of Boko Haram throughout the insurgency. There citizens are forced to live in stark economic distress and with restrictions such as nightly curfews, no electricity, and lack of sleep due to the ever-present threat of terrorist attacks.
To combat the looming threat of Boko Haram, the city seeks to implement a trench strategy of protection where major urban centers are kept safe. Denying the extremist’s ingress to areas of the city will hopefully provide safety for citizens and allow economic havens to emerge.
Nigerians living outside the city remain exposed to Boko Haram. With the current lack of job prospects in Nigerian cities, many feel they must remain in rural locations to continue farming, despite constant attacks.
On the 28th of November 2020, suspected Boko Haram militants murdered 110 farmers in a rural village northeast of Maiduguri. The gruesome attack illustrates the dangerous reality of northern Nigerians who continue to farm the countryside.