In Niger, Boko Haram has taken over territory around Kaure and have installed their own flag, which symbolizes their control over the territory conquered. Because of this, close to 3,00 people have fled the region. Women who haven’t fled have been taken by the terrorists and are forced to be their wives. Most significant of all is the location of the area taken by Boko Haram. Kaure is only a two hour drive from Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. This means that terrorists can more easily strike the city and kill the citizens living within. 

Because of how serious the threat is to the capital of Nigeria, I believe that President Biden should step up military operations in both Niger and Nigeria, and also deploy more troops to the region. With Boko Haram so close to the capital of Nigeria, there is a legitimate chance they could destabilize the whole nation. Doing so has the potential to create a domino effect, which could affect all of West Africa. 

Hunter M