SUPPRESS LIKELY BOKO HARAM BACKLASH
Buhari may be Muslim, but that makes little difference to the Boko Haram Islamist insurgents whose si x-year campaign has decimated Nigeria’s northeast. They will seek to destabilise his administration as actively as he is seeking to f inish them off as he continues an aggressive offensive started under the previous administration earlier this year.
This of f ensive has s e v erely degraded Boko Haram’s resources, making cheaper and less laborious tactics such as suicide bombings more likely. Just hours after Buhari’s inauguration, a suicide bomber killed at least 16 people at a mosque in Maiduguri.
Major cit ies i ncluding Kano, capital Abuja and prize target Lagos are likely to be high on the Boko Haram hit list.