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Boko Haram’s Perception Among Nigerians: 88% Of Christians & 69% Of Muslims Consider Them As Bad Terrorists

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Boko Haram’s Perception Among Nigerians: 88% Of Christians & 69% Of Muslims Consider Them As Bad Terrorists

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July 30, 2013 – Perception Of Boko Haram Among Nigerians: 88% Of Christians & 69% Of Muslims Consider Them As Bad Terrorists

Objective: Nigeria, Africa’s largest nation is plagued with eth­nic, political and religious tensions. Boko Ha­ram, a terrorist labeled organization–operating out of its Muslim predominated north eastern states–is an existential threat to the peace and prosperity of the na­tion. Considering that all terrorism or rebel­lion is so­cio-political, this paper in­vestigates the perceptions of Boko Haram within the major religious groupings.

Method: Data were obtained from survey res­pondents who participated in a 2013 ENDS internet survey. 414 com­pleted forms were used for the study. Mus­lims, Christians, “no reli­gion” and “other” were sampled with 10 questions. The ENDS survey was published on several internet fora, with invitation emails sent out to over 25,000 Proud Nigerian forum members. The social media sites that parti­cipated in­clude:Proud Nigerian, END, Nigerian Village Square and News Rescue.

Results: Analysis showed that 69% of Muslims con­sidered Boko Haram bad terrorists, compared to 88% of Christians. Muslims were more likely to support an am­nesty for Boko Ha­ram, with OR 5.5 (P<0.0001). 32 Mus­lims voted for amnesty, 25 rejected it. Of Chris­tians, 238 said no to the amnesty, 24 said yes. 59% of respondents opted not to di­vi­de/disintegrate Nigeria to solve inse­curity. 47% of Muslims and 30% of Christian res­pondents view Boko Haram as devil worshipers. 50% Muslims and 25% Chris­tians see the government as being behind Boko Haram.

Conclusion: Our findings suggest that vir­tually all Nigerians perceive Boko Haram to be bad terrorists. There is high suspicion across religious lines of government and political involvement. A large number of respondents categorize Boko Haram as de­vil worshipers. Muslims were ob­served to be more favorable to am­nesty, though most rejected it; and most Nigerians do not view a disintegration of the country as a solution to the security prob­lems. Importantly, many Ni­gerians blame politicians and the politi­cal process for Boko Haram.

Citation: Brimah P; Adigun R. Perception of Boko Haram among Nige­rians. RGUILD 2013;1(1)10002

[Report by Dr. Peregrino Brimah, founder of END]



  1. iron bar

    July 31, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    that is why the fools engage in elimination series…they will soon be extingiushed forever.almajiris

  2. Lanre

    July 31, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    The Sultan of Sokoto, who is one of the pillars of that religion in Nigeria, has he come out to outrightly condemn the activities of these blood thirsty pagans that called themselves Boko Haram? Islam is ‘perceived’ to be a religion of peace and when a section of that religion engage in something that could tarnish the image of the entire stake holders, then the leadership of that religion must do something about, they shd be able to come out and denounce such a group publicly if actually they have nothing to do with them. I can categorically tell you that if it’s in Christianity such a group arises[ God forbid], the likes of Oritsajefor, Pa Adeboye, Revd Chris, etc would have come out to condemn and dissociate from such group. Nigerians know the truth, we can never be fooled! A day of justice is coming soon.

  3. Book of Life

    July 31, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Boko haram u will never have rest of mind in dis world and hereafter, if u do not repent, Abubakar shekau i promise, u will never see peace in ur life if u refuse 2 repent. JESUS IS LORD

  4. A.Y

    July 31, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    What do you mean by bad terrorists?Do we have good terrorists?A terrorist remains a terrorist so far he is a muslim that worships demon they call allah.From survey you provided,even with the fact that I live among some muslims,it very obvious most muslims especialy the hausa/fulanis are in support of terrorism.They believe bokoharam are fighting allah’s course and their determination to impose sharia on Nigerians of which muslims are the beneficiaries.That is just the fact.Some people are just pretending.

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