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Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and some of his fighters

Can Boko Haram be defeated?

A summit is underway in the Nigerian capital Abuja to discuss ways to put an end to 7 years of Boko Haram violence. The armed group has killed thousands of people and displaced millions more. It’s also kidnapped hundreds of students and caused chaos right across Nigeria. Boko Haram has now pledged allegiance to ISIL and is reportedly sending fighters to Libya. The UN Security Council has expressed its concern calling this development ‘alarming’.

The UN’s also backing Nigerian president Muhhammadu Buhari – as he hosts a security summit on the fight against the armed group. Several West African leaders, along with the French president Francois Hollande are in Abuja. But what does it take to defeat Boko Haram? And are western countries doing enough to help?

Al Jazeera’s Inside Story looks at whether the group can be defeated with presenter Fauzia Ibrahim and guests Clement Nwankwo – Director at the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre in Nigeria, Adesoji Adeniyi – Security Analyst on African Affairs, and Martin Ewi – Senior Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies.

Watch the programme below:

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