Dr. Chima J. Korieh is coordinating a Roundtable on “Nigeria's Future: The Challenges to Security and Economic Development Caused by Boko Haram and the Way Forward,” on 12 April 2012 at Howard University.

Sponsored by the Igbo Studies Association, Igbo League, Inc in collaboration with E. Franklin Frazier Center for Social Work Research, Howard University the roundtable provides an opportunity for policy makers, scholars and community activists to discuss the dangers posed by Boko Haram’s terrorist activities to Nigeria, her neighbors, and the international community and offer suggestions for the way forward.

The increasing number of terrorist attacks by Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram - Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lid Da’awati Wal-Jihad,  which is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state - should be a matter of urgent concern to all interested in the future of Africa’s most populous nation. While these attacks pose a serious challenged to Nigeria’s security and economic development, there are growing concerns about the failure of the international community to recognize the serious danger that Boko Haram poses to Nigeria, West Africa’s regional stability, and the global attempt to fight terrorism. Since 2009, Boko Haram has carried out several bloody bombings in Nigeria, including the Christmas Day attack in 2011 at a Catholic church that killed dozens of worshipers; the bombing of UN Headquarters in Abuja in August 2011, and the police headquarter in Abuja earlier in June that year. Nigerians also witnessed coordinated attacks in the northern city of Kano in January 2012 that targeted the country’s security apparatus and civilians, killing 185 people.

The roundtable will be moderated by Dr. Robin Renee Sanders who served as U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 2007-2010. Panelists include Eric Guttschuss, the Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch; Pat O. Utomi, a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria and founding Senior Faculty of the Lagos Business School-Pan African University; Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, an independent scholar who specializes on the state and on genocide and wars in Africa; Michael O. Maduagwu, a Senior Fellow at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Nigeria; and Augustine (Gus) Fahey, a Senior Desk Officer for Nigeria in the Bureau of African Affairs at the US Department of State.

For more information contact the Roundtable Coordinator:  Dr. Chima J. Korieh, Department of History, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 53201. TEL: (414) 288-3563  |Email: chima.korieh@marquette.edu









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