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Godwin/Rosa 1 Boko Haram By: Jennifer Godwin and Lissette Rosa Boko Haram is an Islamic militant group in Nigeria, founded in 2002 by Mohammed Yusuf. The groups’ followers are called Yusuffiya. They’re comprised of northern Muslims and many of them struggle to find work. U.S. intelligence officials estimate that there are four to six thousand militants, while other analysts suggest that there are three times as many as that. Today, Boko Haram has split into at least two factions, one led by Abubakar Shekau, and the other led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi. The original name of the group is, Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad, which means "People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad.” The groups original intent was to eliminate the corruption in Nigeria, put Islamic Law into place, and stop western influence on Nigeria. This desire to halt Western influence on Nigeria spawned the name “Boko Haram,” which means “Westernization is sacrilege.” The name was given to the group by neighbors, because of how they viewed its teachings. Boko Haram’s meaning was heavily regarded as “Westernization is forbidden” and “Westernization is a sin.” The group fosters a type of Islam where it is forbidden to take part in any social or political activities related to Western Society. Boko Haram deems the Nigerian government as being regulated by non-believers, regardless of whether the president isn’t Muslim or is. The group believes that Westernization is what strays the country away from Islamic values and corrupts Nigeria. This belief is what led to a large amount of violence and fear.
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