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ICC Note:  Since the inauguration of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Boko Haram attacks have dramatically increased.  This flies in the face of the new regime’s campaign promise to completely eliminate Boko Haram.  Just before Buhari was inaugurated, it appeared as though Boko Haram’s power was fading.  Since Buhari has taken over, though, there has been a resurgence in Boko Haram activity, especially during the present Muslim holiday month of Ramadan.  Christians have felt the effects of the spike in Boko Haram murders, as suicide bombs continue to destroy churches and slaughter Nigerian civilians.

7/11/15, Lagos, Nigeria (The Economist) – Politicians often promise more than they deliver, but those in Nigeria bit off more than most when they campaigned on a pledge to “defeat Boko Haram”. Six weeks after the inauguration of its new president, Muhammadu Buhari, the government must be wishing it had promised something less ambitious.

Boko Haram seemed to be on the ropes a few months ago. Despite its threats to disrupt the election at the end of March, the vote was largely peaceful, and the militants had been pushed back from many of the towns they had captured. Yet in recent weeks the group has struck back from its remote redoubts, killing more than 200 people in the week to July 5th (and more since then) in a series of attacks across the north.

Bombs were detonated in the major cities of Jos and Kano, neither of which had been attacked since February. Boko Haram also showed that it can still operate across borders: two suicide bombers struck Chad’s hitherto unscathed capital, N’Djamena, in mid-June, blowing themselves up outside police headquarters, killing 34 people. Horseback and motorbike-mounted raiders attacked another neighbour, Niger, twice in two weeks.

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