Exploring the rise of Nigeria's Boko Haram

Feb 23, 2012

Nigeria appears to be on the verge of a civil war. The instigator of escalating sectarian conflict seems to be a militant Islamic sect known as the Boko Haram. 

The Boko Haram seems bent on toppling the government and bringing Sharia law to Nigeria. The group is blamed for killing more than 300 people  -- more than half of them during attacks in January in the northern city of Kano. 

To get an insider’s perspective, host David Reed was joined by Tolu Ogunlesi, Omeyele Sowore and Monica Mark. 

 

Tolu Ogunlesi writes a weekly column for a Nigerian newspaper and contributes articles to several British-based publications along with CNN’s website.

Omeyele Sowore is the founder of Sahara reporters, an online community of international reporters and social advocates who write news reports and commentaries from an African perspective.  

Monica Mark is the Guardian newspaper's Nigeria stringer and contibutor to TIME magazine. She’s been focusing on sectarian violence in the country and recently interviewed a member of the Boko Haram sect.