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Vol 53 No 14

Published 6th July 2012


Nigeria

Turning security upside down

A new political strategy would be more use in the fight against Boko Haram than sacking officials

The latest wave of attacks on churches, police stations and even building workers across northern Nigeria seems to be the insurgents’ response to President Goodluck Jonathan’s sacking of his security team last month. Boko Haram claimed most but not all of the attacks over the past fortnight, which cost over 30 lives. Jonathan, who had no experience of security policy until he took over the presidency in May 2010, explained that he was changing staff in response to Boko Haram’s change of tactics ‘every day’.

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