Echoes of Liberia: The Need for ECOWAS in Nigeria

Nigeria is home to the African continent’s largest economy, largest population and most famous Islamic militant organization. Boko Haram has systematically terrorized villages and taken control of small cities in northern Nigeria almost completely unencumbered. The group intends to carve out an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. Thus far, it has been wildly successful. It is the tale of two Nigerias: northern Nigeria, a predominantly Muslim region inhabited mostly by ethnic Hausas, and southern Nigeria, a predominantly Christian region inhabited mostly by ethnic Yoruba and Igbos. Perhaps the sharpest difference…