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Boko Haram: One sect, conflicting narratives
Journal article, Created By Adibe, Jideofor and Published By Adonis & Abbey in English language
Virtually everything about Boko Haram is contested - from the meaning of its name, to the reasons for its emergence, radicalisation and whether it is now affiliated to foreign terrorist groups such as the Al Shabaab in Somali and Al Qaeda in Maghreb (AQIM). It is also contestable whether the group is actually responsible for all the numerous terrorist atrocities attributed to it. The article critically surveys all the controversies surrounding the sect and concludes that owing to the paucity of reliable research on Boko Haram, much of what is...
ECOWAS and the lessons from the recent coup in Mali
Journal article, Created By Adibe, Jideofor and Published By Adonis & Abbey in English language
When, on 22 March, 2012, a group of junior soldiers in Mali, led by Captain Sanogo announced the toppling of the democratically elected regime of Amadou Toumani Touré, a number of Africanists who thought that military consciousness had receded for good in the continent, had a rude awakening. The Afro-pessimism of the 1980s and 1990s had been gradually turning into Afro-optimism, even if grudgingly, despite resilient challenges. Analysts who believe that Africa is beginning to get its political act together and that given the current conjuncture of loca...
ECOWAS and the lessons from the recent coup in Mali
Journal article, Created By Adibe, Jideofor and Published By Adonis & Abbey in English language
When, on 22 March, 2012, a group of junior soldiers in Mali, led by Captain Sanogo announced the toppling of the democratically elected regime of Amadou Toumani Touré, a number of Africanists who thought that military consciousness had receded for good in the continent, had a rude awakening. The Afro-pessimism of the 1980s and 1990s had been gradually turning into Afro-optimism, even if grudgingly, despite resilient challenges. Analysts who believe that Africa is beginning to get its political act together and that given the current conjuncture of loca...
An appraisal of Nigeria's 'new' Foreign Policy Proposal
Journal article, Created By Adibe, Jideofor and Published By Adonis & Abbey in English language
In October 2010, Nigeria's National Economic Council declared that the country would no longer play 'big brother' role to countries without getting anything in return. The NEC argued that while Nigeria would continue to be a responsible member of the international community, going forward, its foreign policy would be guided strictly by 'national interest'. This article appraises this 'new' policy proposal and contends that it is based on a wrong notion of 'national interest.'
The Boko Haram Conflict: a re-evaluation
Journal article, Created By Adibe, Jideofor and Published By Adonis & Abbey in English language
Boko Haram has been a major security challenge to the Nigerian state, especially in the northeastern part of the country since the sect's radicalization in 2010. The sect evolved from being a ragtag terrorist group that focused on soft targets via suicide bombing into a sophisticated group that was able to overrun the military and police for weapons and engage the Nigerian army in conventional battles. By January 2015 the sect had succeeded in establishing amini Islamic state that controlled about 20,000 square miles of territory - an area...
Misinformation and the Creation of 'Alternative Facts': An Interrogation of two Myths in Nigeria - Research
Journal article, Created By Adibe, Jideofor and Published By Adonis & Abbey in English language
Misinformation is very prevalent in Nigeria - as it is in most low trust societies where the level of literacy is low. Some misinformation become 'alternative facts' to the extent that they are believed to be true by a section of the population even when empirical evidence does not support such beliefs. The article examines two widely believed misinformation namely - that previous governments in the country have done nothing to diversify the economy; and that going back to farming is the solution to youth unemployment and the problem ...
Preventing things from falling apart: Democracy and its discontents in West Africa
Journal article, Created By Adibe, Jideofor and Published By Adonis & Abbey in English language
For those who like to describe phases in a country's democratisation process in terms of "waves" (Huntington, 1991; Schraeder, 1995), the current wave of democratisation in Africa, which began with the end of the Cold War between 1989 and 19901, has arguably been the most promising for the continent. The defeat of communism in that great ideological conflict had led to a proclamation of a 'New World Order' driven by an infrastructure of liberal democracy said to be the 'end of history' (Fukuyama, 1993). Democracy therefore beca...
Navigating through the minefields of African identities
Journal article, Created By Adibe, Jideofor and Published By Adonis & Abbey in English language
Who is an African? At face value the answer seems obvious. Surely everyone knows who the African is, it would seem. But the answer becomes less obvious once other probing qualifiers are added to the question: How is the African identity constructed in the face of the mosaic of identities that people of African ancestry living within and beyond the continent bear? Do all categorized as Africans or as having an African pedigree perceive themselves as Africans? Are all who perceive themselves as Africans accepted as such? Are there levels o...
The Politics of Same Sex Marriage in Nigeria
Journal article, Created By Adibe, Jideofor and Published By Adonis & Abbey in English language
On December 1 2011, Nigeria's Senate passed a law banning same sex marriage. Britain, USA, Canada and some European countries seriously frowned at the passage of such a law, which they argued was discriminatory and infringed on the fundamental human rights of gays and lesbians. Domestic attitude to the passage of the law was hostile on different fronts: while most Nigerians and religious groups expressed disgust at the idea of same-sex marriage and hailed the move to ban such, others were angry that the Senate chose to focus on what ...
The Boko Haram Conflict: a re-evaluation
Journal article, Created By Adibe, Jideofor and Published By Adonis & Abbey in English language
Boko Haram has been a major security challenge to the Nigerian state, especially in the northeastern part of the country since the sect's radicalization in 2010. The sect evolved from being a ragtag terrorist group that focused on soft targets via suicide bombing into a sophisticated group that was able to overrun the military and police for weapons and engage the Nigerian army in conventional battles. By January 2015 the sect had succeeded in establishing amini Islamic state that controlled about 20,000 square miles of territory - an area...