Michael Olufemi Sodipo
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Mitigating Radicalism in Northern Nigeria

Abstract

Ongoing attacks by Boko Haram and other violent Islamist groups coupled with an at times arbitrary response by Nigeria’s security forces have contributed to a deteriorating security situation in northern Nigeria. Increasingly frequent attacks and bombings also mask longer-running radicalization dynamics. A sustained approach targeting every stage of the radicalization spectrum, from addressing socioeconomic grievances, to cross-cultural peacebuilding initiatives, to rehabilitating radicalized members of violent groups, as well as a more measured use of force are needed to reverse this broader trend.