Nigerian Woes
Northern Nigeria Falls Behind the South
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  • Andrew Allison

    Could it be that the insurgency is a result of the longstanding economic blight? It seems as though the (Christian) south may have brought this upon itself by not sharing its wealth with the (Muslim) north.

    • Fat_Man

      Islamist Jihadi groups like Boko Haram, are not the products of poverty. Osama bin Laden was stinking rich. Most often Jihadi warriors are drawn from middle class and upper class families. It is an ideology, not a reaction.

      • Andrew Allison

        Some of the organizers of Jihadi terrorism, bin Laden being the iconic example, are indeed from privileged backgrounds, but the ground in which they sowed the seeds of terrorism needed to be fertile. With very few exceptions, Islamic nations are poverty-stricken. The ground has being fertilized in Europe by largely economic issues which have the young and restless (of all religions) un- and under-employed, and we are starting to see the results in the rise of the far left and right.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    In order for the north to become wealthy it would have to become Christian like the south, which means getting rid of Boko Haram and the Islam from which it spawned. With the exception of where the Christian West has developed oil resources, every Islamic country exists in poverty and squalor. It is the backward Islamic culture which prevents the development of wealth, not the lack of Socialist Wealth Redistribution boondoggles.

    • B-Sabre

      “Every Islamic country exists in poverty and squalor.”
      I don’t think Dubai falls into that category, for one.

      • Fat_Man

        Dubai has oil. Jackson excluded the case of oil. When Dubai’s oil is gone they will go back fishing and they will be poor and live in misery.

        • B-Sabre

          No, they probably won’t. Unlike the Saudis, Dubai has made a conscious, concerted effort to move awary from an “oil curse” economy to become an economic, technological and commercial hub for the region. They probably have a good chance of becoming the Switzerland/Hong Kong of the Gulf after the oil becomes an afterthought.
          I think the whole “Christianity Good/Islam Bad” dichotomy is a false one in an economic picture. There are plenty Christian nations in Africa that have the resources to be prosperous that are mired in poverty and misery just as bad or worse than anything in the Islamic world. There are plenty of historical, cultural and regional forces at play here besides the fact of whether they pray at a mosque or a church.

  • rheddles

    the factors that led to Boko Haram’s reign of terror in the north

    Islamism.

    and what might be done about them.

    There’s the rub. It’s sort of like asking what could be done about the Lutherans and Catholics in 1620. Some times you just have to wait for them to get old or die off.

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