Public Lecture: Globalised Conflict Situations - Nigeria’s Boko Haram in Perspective


Video duration: 
53 min.

  • Attack in Jos, Nigeria, by Boko Haram 20 may 2014
    Attack in Jos, Nigeria, by Boko Haram, 20 May 2014. Photo: Diariocritico Venezuela/Flickr

Take a look at the film that was made afterwards about the lecture and the accompanying workshop.

Lecture given by Egosha E. Osaghae, Professor of Comparative Politics and Vice Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria.

Boko Haram terrorism, which is the highest point of a long history of ethno-religious conflicts in Nigeria, provides an interesting case for analysing the dynamics of conflict mobility from the prisms of connections and governance. Although the conflict has been associated with failing state variables, especially poverty and weak security organisation, the sophistication of the sect’s weapons and operations, its terrorist tactics, which include suicide bombing, abduction and transnational wars, the multinational character of the fighting forces, and the underlying objective to declare an Islamic state in parts of Nigeria, are all indicative of a ‘globalised’ conflict situation, that is a situation which embodies itinerant global conflict trends. This paper analyses ethno-religious conflicts in Nigeria as a product of the intersection between local/domestic variables and global forces, and is particularly interested in explaining why local conditions like those in Nigeria are conducive to global conflict currents.

This public lecture is part of the experts' workshop 'Governance and Connections in Africa's Contemporary Conflicts'.

Programme public lecture

14.00-15.15 Public Lecture by Professor Eghosa Osaghae
15.15-16.00 Expert panel discussion
16.00-16.30 Presentation workshop outcomes 19 March: ‘Governance and Connections in Africa’s Contemporary Conflicts'
16.30-17.30 Drinks

The workshop is sponsored by:
ASC (African Studies Centre Leiden)
LUF (Leiden University Fund/van Steeden Fund)
ICCT (International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, The Hague)
Connecting in Times of Duress, Leiden University (VICI, NWO)
Grounding Land Governance, ASC (WOTRO, NWO)


Date, time and location

20 March 2015
Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden (a 7 minute-walk from Leiden Central Station)
Room 1A20