As the threat of terrorist attacks and violence from Islamic fighters in Iraq fill headlines Boko Haram has fallen off the media's radar. That does not mean however that Boko Haram is no longer a threat; far from it.
Boko Haram fighters continue to sweep across parts of Africa causing locals to flee in terror. The situation is dire for people caught in their path. 39,000 Nigerians have reportedly already fled to Cameroon.
The Nigerian military appears unable to cope with the escalating crisis; that in turn leaves people vulnerable and scared.
With Boko Haram in Nigeria and IS in Iraq two broad attacks on citizens are underway.
Earlier in the year fighters from Boko Haram kidnapped a large group of girls and a worldwide outcry followed. The protests faded away but the plight of girls still in the grip of Boko Haram remained.
With warnings that the band of fighters could soon be in a position to attack Maiduguri, home to at least two million people, the situation is now critical.
Bama, about 45 miles from Maiduguri, was captured after a second attack early this week. According to TIME "A soldier who fought at Bama also told Reuters that government air reinforcements botched an air strike near the end of the battle, dropping bombs on parts of the town and killing everyone there — including insurgents, but also Nigerian troops".
Boko Haram fighters have prevented the burial of the dead. Two days later bodies still litter the area as fighters patrol Bama reports BBC News.
With military forces depleted and unable to cope will foreign forces be deployed? It seems that without help the deadly sweep of Boko Haram will continue.
Senator Ahmed Zanna is begging the authorities to send more troops to protect Maiduguri from suffering a similar fate as Bama.
Who is Boko Haram?
Boko Haram is a militant extremist group, a band of Islamist fighters that opposes any political or social activity that may be viewed as Western. This is why women or girls in the process of being educated are sometimes a target.
The Islamist group or sect, Boko Haram, was founded by Mohammed Yusuf in 2002 but he was killed by authorities in 2009. The group reformed and in the last few years have escalated violence once again.
It will take more than the elimination of the group's leader to end the menace of Boko Haram but surely they must be eliminated for the sake of the people?