Nigeria: Religious Conflict and the Boko Haram Crisis

Conflict Studies Quarterly Issue 37, October 2021, pp. 3–20

18 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2018 Last revised: 8 Oct 2021

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Michael Aondona Chiangi

Talking About Terrorism; Bayero University

Date Written: October 5, 2021

Abstract


Religious conflicts have increased interfaith suspicion between Christians and Muslims
in Nigeria with each group being determined to outshine the other in the propagation of its re￾ligious beliefs. In fact, even Islamic sect Boko Haram was formed on the belief in the superiority
of Islam as a monotheistic religion and with a divine mandate to purge Islam of Western influ￾ences. This paper examines the complex issues surrounding the advent of the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria. It argues that religious conflict in Nigeria results from the propagation of radicalized
exegeses and the use of religious sentiments for gain political advantage. Government’s failure
to act decisively also accounts for religious conflict in Nigeria and the Boko Haram in particular.

Keywords: Religion, Boko Haram, Religious Conflicts, Fundamentalism, Ideology, Radicalism

JEL Classification: Z12

Suggested Citation

Chiangi, Michael Aondona, Nigeria: Religious Conflict and the Boko Haram Crisis (October 5, 2021). Conflict Studies Quarterly Issue 37, October 2021, pp. 3–20, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3152819 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3152819

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