Audu Bulama Bukarti is an analyst in the Co-Existence team at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Leading 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 from Bayero University, Kano, where he served as the university’s president of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria between 2008 and 2011. He completed his master of law degree in the same university and taught Islamic law and jurisprudence and peace studies and conflict resolution there for four years. He 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.