The Difference between ISWAP and Boko Haram has been discovered and they have been the two terriorist groups disturbing the peace of normal citizens in the northern part of the country. According to different research, these two groups have pledged their alliance to the biggest terriorist group in the world known as ISIL. These groups also have affiliates with bandits and Fulani herdsmen in the Northern part of Nigeria.
Not only that, they seem to be growing in numbers daily, and it is getting worrisome for the ordinary Nigerians and even the military men who consistently fight with them with the help of the Federal government. These are the five differences between ISWAP and Boko Haram.
- ISWAP was developed by a group of Boko Haram fighters who were not loyal to the deceased Abubakar Shekau, and they have been growing in power and influence. They have now become a rival group. Boko Haram seems to be the parent company in terms of terriorism. They treated local Muslin civilians better than Boko Haram, who killed a lot of Muslims and destroyed mosques and people who disagree with them
- ISWAP is officially termed Wilāyat Garb Ifrīqīyā which means West African Province, and Boko Haram is known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād. It was founded in 2016, while Boko Haram came into existence in 2009 under former President Goodluck Jonathan.
- The active region of the ISWAP is Chad, which is a neighboring country to Nigeria. In 2020, the Chadians lost their President, who was in a war front against the ISWAP. They once won a war against Boko Haram. During the battle, a majority of the militants ran into Nigeria for safety. It was a very big victory. The active regions of the boko haram are Nigeria, Northern Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Mali. Many people have been homeless and some have lost loved ones. Other countries seem to be winning against them with different strategies being put in place.
- The Military strength as at 2020 was 5000 fighters and they are known for training child soldiers who are between the ages of 8 and16 years. Boko haram strength starts from 10,000 upward
- ISWAP provides humanitarian aid to the poor by collecting taxes from the rich people in the form of zakat, which is totally different from how Boko Haram operates