The Initial Source of Boko Haram Funding Explained

200,000 Euros disbursed from Abu Mus’ab ‘Abd al-Wadud, the leader of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, to Boko Haram on 23 Rajab 1431 (equivalent to 5 July 2010).

When BH launched the Bauchi Prison Break on September 7, 2010 (28 Ramadan 1431) freeing 721 prisoners among whom were approximately 150 Boko Haram members, it became clear that the imbroglio that was thought to have ended with the death of Muhammad Yusuf has renewed itself with a robust source of funding that would later sow the seed of factionalization in the group.

From Saudi Arabia Funding of Salafi preachers in Nigeria, the Iranian government support of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, and now to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb support of Boko Haram, religious entrepreneurship is an important element that defines who gets what, when and how in the crowded religious marketplace in Nigeria.

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