Ever since its establishment, Boko Haram has applied different tactics to realize its goals and objectives. The group recruits new members to carry out its activities such as terrorist attacks (Melvin, 2016). Traditionally, the group feed on poverty, hopelessness, and high unemployment in Northern Nigeria to recruit new members as well as promote their agenda on the need for the establishment of a sharia law and an Islamic state. However, it has since changed the strategy as it now selects new recruits through force. Specifically, it forces young men in areas where it concurs to join the sect. Women and children are either abducted or killed in raids (Bloom & Matfess, 2016). In the same way, young men who show unwillingness to join its course are killed. Boko Haram leaders manipulate young men into believing the group’s ideologies. For instance, they are meant to believe that by killing Christians, they are doing Allah’s will. Leaders in the group also blame Western education for the current problems facing Nigeria. Their aim is to rally people against the influence the Western nations have in Nigeria. Government intervention and the support it gets from the public have made it hard for the group to recruit new members. However, critics argue that the social and economic situation in the northern part of the country is still a challenge as Boko Haram leaders still use this to attract more members. The use of force is still prevalent (Zuru & Abdullahi Bintube, 2014).
Boko Haram utilizes different methods to force the government to accept or give in to its demands. At first, it attacked Nigerian government institutions such as police stations, military barracks, and security officers. The first large-scale attack was launched in 2010. The group was seeking revenge for the death of the founder Yusuf who was killed in 2009 along with……..
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