Boko-Haram: Ideology and Leadership

Saron Messembe Obia

(Master of Science in Security Studies and Post Graduate Diploma in Criminology and Security management from the Pan African Institute for Development West Africa (PAID- WA)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies ( Publication date: 5 July 2020

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)


Ideology arose in a revolutionary era from politics and the study of politics (Pamela E. Oliver & Hank Johnston, 2000). Inspired by John Locke in 1796, French writer A. L. C. Destutt de Tracy in his “science of ideas”, articulated that ideology is verification of knowledge for democratic, rational, and scientific society (Cranston 1994, Rude 1980). Napoleon Bonaparte’s reign in 1803 marked with suppression, as ideologues like Marx and Engels, consider the pejorative meaning of ideology for class-motivated deceptions of the bourgeoisie, which they contrasted with the scientific understandings of a class-conscious proletariat. ..Read more

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