Audu Bulama Bukarti is an analyst in the Co-Existence team at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, where he leads the team’s work on sub-Saharan Africa. Bulama has studied extreme groups in Africa, in particular Boko Haram, for over a decade. He focuses on using Islamic religious texts in countering violent ideologies. He has authored a paper entitled “Discourses and Constituencies of Boko Haram”, which assembled the main ideological arguments and textual authorities of Boko Haram and led to the adoption of a preaching manual for countering violent extremism in the region.
A lawyer by professional training, Bulama holds a degree in common and Islamic law as well as a master of law degree. Bulama has taught Islamic law and jurisprudence, peace studies and conflict resolution.
Bulama frequently talks and works closely with student and youth organisations. He speaks Hausa and Kanuri, two of the languages used by Boko Haram and other extremist groups in the Sahel.