By filling gaps in governance and service delivery, the terror group has cultivated a level of support among local civilians that Boko Haram never enjoyed and has turned neglected communities into a source of economic support.
Since 2011, with the independence of the south, Sudan’s oil revenues have shrunk by 75%. With the trebling of the price of bread last December, and the rate of inflation hovering around 70%, the camels back was finally broken.
Among other things, theres a great deal of economic need. In situations like this people look to supernatural means to solve basic problems.
West Africas coastal areas host about one third of the regions population and generate 56% of its GDP.
Despite Buhari’s 2015 claim that Boko Haram was “technically defeated”, jihadists continue gaining ground across Lake Chad and West Africa, where the humanitarian fallout is, if anything, worsening.