Boko Haram

David Kipre

Boko Haram “Group of the People of Sunnah for Preaching and Jihad”, is a terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria, which is also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon. In 2016, the group split, resulting in the emergence of a hostile faction known as the Islamic State’s West Africa Province.

Founded by Mohammed Yusuf (also known as Ustaz Mohammed Yusuf, was a Nigerian terrorist and founder of the terrorist Islamist group Boko Haram in 2002. He was its leader until he was killed in the 2009 Boko Haram uprising.)  in 2002, the group was led by Abubakar Shekau from 2009 until his death in 2021, although it splintered into other groups after Yusuf’s death and also in 2015. When the group was first formed, their main goal was to “purify”Islam in northern Nigeria, believing jihad should be delayed until the group was strong enough to overthrow the Nigerian government. The group formerly aligned itself with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.