Nigerien soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun /Reuters

Soldiers from Niger and Chad who liberated the Nigerian town of Damasak from Boko Haram militants have discovered the bodies of at least 70 people,(...)

Residents stand near a smouldering remains of a bus targeted in a suicide attack in the northeast Nigerian town of Potiskum, on February 24th, 2015. Photograph: AMINU ABUBAKAR/AFP/Getty Images

Suicide bombers struck two bus stations in different parts of northern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 26 people in attacks president Goodluck Jo(...)

A  woman carrying goods in the Cameroonian border town of Fotokol. Nigerian Boko Haram fighters went on the rampage in the border town of Fotokol on February 4th, massacring dozens of civilians. Photograph: Getty Images

Boko Haram militants fleeing a Nigerian army offensive killed 21 people on Friday in attacks near the northern village of Chibok, close to where the r(...)

Malala Yousafzai: “The leaders of Nigeria should commit to work together and make the case of the Chibok girls a priority in their first 100 days in office, as well as the education of every Nigerian child.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, has criticised Nigerian and world leaders for not doing enough to free (...)

Police officers block people protesting over news that Nigeria has postponed its presidential election on security grounds and fears over Boko Haram violence.  Photograph: AFP/Getty

Nigeria’s decision to postpone elections for six weeks because of spreading attacks by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the northeast is a “s(...)

A vehicle campaigning for a candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) drives outside a campaign rally in Yaba district in Lagos . Photograph:Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

Nigeria’s Council of State has decided to stick with February 14th as the date for its presidential election, Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha said(...)

A mattress is seen strapped to the back of a car as people flee the violence from Boko Haram, in  north east  Nigeria on Saturday.

Islamist insurgents attacked the outskirts of northeast Nigeria’s main city Maiduguri on Sunday, engaging in a gun battle with soldiers that killed at(...)

Bombing: burnt bikes outside the central mosque in Kano in November, after two suicide blasts. Photograph: Aminu Abubakar/AFP
Who can stop Boko Haram?
  • Africa
  • January 31, 2015, 01:00

It was Friday, January 20th, 2012, in Kano, the largest city in Nigeria’s predominately Muslim north, and prayers at mosques had drawn to an end. Resi(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry with Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan at the state house in Lagos today. Photograph: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

Nigeria’s military repelled multiple attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants on Borno state capital Maiduguri in the northeast, security sources (...)

File photograph issued by  Boko Haram of its  leader Abubakar Shekau with armed members of the group

Nigeria’s military have repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants on Borno state capital Maiduguri in the northeast of the country, accordi(...)