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Nigeria: Who finances Boko Haram? Blame game engulfs Abuja

By Akin Irede
Posted on Monday, 30 August 2021 15:44, updated on Tuesday, 31 August 2021 10:53

Rescue workers are seen at the site of an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northeast city of Maiduguri
Rescue workers are seen at the site of an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northeast city of Maiduguri, Nigeria April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Ola Lanre

A retired commodore’s accusations against the Nigerian government has stirred fresh outrage in the country which has lost over 350,000 people and has more than 2.9 million in refugee camps due to an 11-year war with the terrorist group Boko Haram. Military sources tell The Africa Report that there are those within the army who still sympathise and cooperate with Islamist groups. Blunt questions are being asked about delays in prosecuting 400 charged with financing terrorism.

It was the latest national security shock and a symbol of the state’s impotence when a band of armed men attacked the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna early on 24 August, killing two officers and abducting a third.

Since Islamist insurgents launched their war in north-east Nigeria in 2009, almost 350,000 people have been killed and over two million chased from their homes, according to the UN Development Programme.