Financial incentives, not religion, is a main driver for individuals who are recruited to Boko Haram.
By Martin Ewi and Uyo Salifu
This policy brief is an overview of key findings from a study aimed at understanding violent extremism in northern Nigeria, and identifying factors that are key in Boko Haram recruitment and membership. This analysis contributes to knowledge about the political and socio-economic preferences of the individuals involved in the group. This policy brief highlights one of the major findings of the study, namely the perception that fi nancial incentives, not religion, are a key motivator for individuals who join Boko Haram.