Dealing with Boko Haram?

Boko Haram, is Hausa for “Western education is forbidden” and is now joining up with Isil in Libya, according to a UN Security Council alert. In a statement, the UN has said that Boko Haram now undermines the peace and stability of West and Central Africa. What’s to be done?

Can, in fact, anything be done? Nigeria, where Boko Haram first arose in 2009, has so far been unable to eradicate it. Tomorrow it is holding a conference in Abuja to which senior politicians from Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger will gather with those from France, Britain and America.

Surely we have learned by now that nothing constructive will be decided. We are a fiercely cultural species in which our group, or region or country cannot possibly see into others’ cultures, no matter how much we try to empathise with the sufferings of some. Interference will only make things worse in Africa, just as it already has done in the Middle East.

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