Battling Boko Haram:
Too litt le, too late The African Union ( AU) acted f ar too late in response to Boko Haram, which surfaced i n 2009 i n northeastern Nigeria, said Hennie Strydom, l aw professor at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). According to law, the AU can offer assistance and even intervene where there are crimes against humanity in a member country. JohnMark Iyi, a Nigerian fellow at UJ, said the focus should have been on building the community in the region where the government is very weak. By not focusing on socio-economic issues in the area, such as the lack of education of children between ages of six and 16, government effectively created foot soldiers for Boko Haram, Iyi said. In the past few months, Boko Haram terror attacks have extended into Chad and Cameroon.