Nigeria’s serious test of stability

Nigeria Chibok abductions

The abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the Islamist armed group Boko Haram is one of many signs that Nigeria faces a serious domestic test of its stability. © PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images

The abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the Islamist armed group Boko Haram is one of many signs that Nigeria faces a serious domestic test of its stability. © PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images

Members of civil society groups shout slogans to protest the abduction of Chibok school girls during a rally pressing for the girls’ release in Abuja on May 6, 2014, ahead of World Economic Forum. Members of civil society groups marched through the streets of Abuja and to the Nigerian defence headquarters to meet with military chiefs, to press for the release of more than 200 Chibok school girls abducted three weeks ago. Suspected Boko Haram Islamists have kidnapped eight more girls from Nigeria’s embattled northeast, residents said on May 6, after the extremist group’s leader claimed responsibility for abducting more than 200 schoolgirls last month and said in a video he was holding them as “slaves” and threatened to “sell them in the market”. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

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