While ISIS and Al Qaeda are widely known for their terror operations, Nigerian-based Boko Haram is reaching a new level in building its extremist base and control in West Africa.
Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland spoke to former Ambassadors Princeton Lyman and John Campbell on the security situation in Nigeria. Lyman served in Abuja during Ronald Reagan’s administration; Campbell served during George W. Bush’s administration.
There were early signs radicalism was taking hold in Nigeria. “The emergence of radical Islamic groups, one of the groups called themselves the Nigerian Taliban, the immediate ancestors to Boko Haram … [were] lead by Mohammed Yusuf … while I was ambassador there, the group that later became Boko Haram was not characterized by violence, the violent dimension to Boko Haram comes later in 2009,” said Campbell.
Boko Haram launched its military campaign in 2009 to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria.