Bat­tling Boko Haram:

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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.

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