Runner Up, 2014-2015, Best Gateway Essay Contest

Gateway Professor: Nawragh Chaulagain, Assistant Professor of Religion


The Boko Haram threat in Nigeria has been the subject of constant review as of the last few years. Underlying causes as well as the organizational ideology have consistently been the subject of investigation. While popularly considered to be an Islamic extremist group, academic thought has proposed that Islam is used as a means of legitimization rather than motivation, and that socio-economic and political realities are far more relevant to explaining the activities of Boko Haram. The purpose of this essay is to examine the origins of Boko Haram, how the government has reacted, and propose solutions to the deeply rooted issues in northern Nigeria.


English Language and Literature | Political Science | Rhetoric and Composition