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SUP­PRESS LIKELY BOKO HARAM BACK­LASH

Finweek English Edition - - IN BRIEF -

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.

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