For a movement that is destabilizing Nigeria, “the giant of Africa,” we have remarkably few hard facts about Boko Haram.
Some of the questions that we don’t have answers to—or at least, that there is no consensus about—include:
- How many operatives does it have?
- Where does its funding come from?
- How much popular support does it have?
- What is its leadership structure?
- What kind of assistance does it receive from outside Nigeria?
- Why do people join?