Nigeria’s “Boko Haram Economy”


Interesting article in Foreign Policy about how the Boko Haram insurgency is fuelled by Nigeria’s bleak economic and demographic stats:

In Borno State:

  1. More than 98% of children aged under 2 are not vaccinated.
  2. 83% of young people are illiterate.
  3. 48.5% of children do not go to school.

Overall more than 60% of Nigeria’s population is aged under 25, and Nigeria spends less than 1% of its GDP on health (one of the lowest rates of health spending in the world).




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