The Hunt for Boko Haram: Investigating the terror tearing Nigeria apart

The Hunt for Boko Haram Investigating the terror tearing Nigeria apart Review The Search for Boko Haram is compelling and unsentimental in its deconstruction of a story that appears inevitable and shocking In a world where old orders are being disrupted by technology and

  • Title: The Hunt for Boko Haram: Investigating the terror tearing Nigeria apart
  • Author: Alex Perry
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Review The Search for Boko Haram is compelling and unsentimental in its deconstruction of a story that appears inevitable and shocking In a world where old orders are being disrupted by technology and where personal and political boundaries are being hacked by violent extremism, Alex Perry s account is an example of the kind of patient, unsentimental, triangulated reportReview The Search for Boko Haram is compelling and unsentimental in its deconstruction of a story that appears inevitable and shocking In a world where old orders are being disrupted by technology and where personal and political boundaries are being hacked by violent extremism, Alex Perry s account is an example of the kind of patient, unsentimental, triangulated reporting that is required to make sense of the new world disorder Perry offers us than a fleeting glimpse of how we can still transcend terror in the age of entropy Ken Wiwa, journalist, presidential advisor and son of writer human rights campaigner, the late Ken Saro Wiwa Product Description Journalist Alex Perry explores the context to the Chibok kidnappings that inspired the global bringbackourgirls social media campaign Perry looks at the flawed foundations of the Nigerian state, the toxic legacy of North South mistrust and the decades long power struggles and corruption within Nigeria s ruling classes He observes that Nigeria s booming oil economy means that the government has no reason to be interested in its electorate so great is the imbalance between the government s domestic revenues and the taxation revenues on foreign corporations Perry interviews generals, statesmen and citizens in his quest to find out who Boko Haram really are global terrorists inspired by Al Qaida as the Nigerian government and others claim Perry does not think so, his research points to a much local but no less savage agenda spawned in a perfect storm of poverty, corruption, resentment, suspicion and fundamentalism He shows how endemic abuses of power have set Nigeria up for such an outcome, and looks at some of the work being done to try to prevent Nigeria from descending into further anarchy or becoming an irrevocably failed state First hand accounts of and interviews with victims of the violence sweeping Nigeria and some of those working to halt it are the foundation of this attempt to get as close as possible to the truth Whilst, as one interviewee puts it, in Nigeria all truth is relative.

    One thought on “The Hunt for Boko Haram: Investigating the terror tearing Nigeria apart”

    1. After listening to the author give a radio interview, I purchased this eBook. It is a long article, not a book -- very insightful if you want to understand more about Nigeria and Boko Haram. This is top notch journalism. Alex Perry traveled all over the country and talked to a wide variety of people in gathering his information. I was particularly interested in the chapters on Lagos and Jos, both places I have visited. The writing is interesting, accessible, and avoids the platitudes of so much [...]

    2. Short, informative and (seemingly) well-researched (with as a source but then again, newsweek is pretty decent, I guess). It's not for people who already have a basic understanding of Nigeria's recent history (1910-2014), their oil reserves, the conflicts between the north and south etc but great for those who, like me, didn't know enough to put what they did know in context.

    3. The Hunt for Boko Haram's title doesn't describe the book which is a very cursory primer on Nigeria's social and political situation (and is often inaccurate). I would recommend it if you don't have the time or detailed interest in Boko Haram and Nigeria. On the good side I like Alex Perry's prose and there was some humour along the way.

    4. This book is short and to the point. I appreciated the author's perspective and interviews completed. There were some holes, but in such a short read, that's expected. I definitely learned something about Nigeria's history and how it may contribute to Boko Haram's power.

    5. Short, quick read that will give you a very good understanding of the complex environment in Nigeria that has allowed Boko Haram to emerge as a murderous terror group.

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