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>> The abduction of 110 girls from their school in the town of Dapchi in north-eastern Nigeria bears a striking resemblance to the mass abduction in Chibok four years ago, and it's part of a wider escalation of activities by Boko Haram. My name is Alexis Akwagyiram. I'm the Reuters Bureau Chief here in Nigeria, and I'm reporting from the commercial capital, Lagos.
Now the latest attack by the militant group came later on Thursday when 11 people were killed including three aid workers in the neighboring state of Borno. More than 20000 people have been killed in the Boko Haram insurgency since 2009 and more than two million people have been forced to flee their homes.
So it's a major insurgency that has dominated the north-east of Nigeria since 2009. One unknown is how long will it take to find the Dapchi girls, if they're found at all, bearing in mind that this a problem that helped to push out Buhari's predecessor Goodluck Jonathan. Buhari himself use this point to attack the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
The second unknown is will Buhari run? At this state, he hasn't said whether he will or won't run, although a number of members within the party, say that they are behind him if he were to seek reelection. But one thing is for sure, it will be much harder for Muhammadu Buhari to argue that he can use security as the main platform for seeking re-election if he chooses to take that course of action.