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.
Rivers and lakes make up many of Africa’s borders, which were drawn up by colonial powers in the late 19th century. Now, climate change is complicating matters, as rivers change course, and lakes recede – or surge.