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.
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.
The government has previously claimed that Boko Haram was “technically defeated”. In reality the insurgency has fragmented but continues.
More than $2 billion was pledged at the Lake Chad crisis, more than the $1.5 billion sought and three times the disappointing haul last year.
It is one element of a wider problem of rampant criminality that is either ignored or encouraged by local politicians
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