Hakikanin sunan wannan kungiya shi ne Jama'a Mabiya Sunnar Annabi Dan Da'awa da Jihadi ( Arabic : جماعة اهل السنة للدعوة والجهاد Jamā'atu Ahlis Sunnah Lādda'awatih wal-Jihad ), amman amfi saninsu da sunansu na Hausa watau "Yan Boko Haram". Kungiya ce ta yan jihadi da ke da cibiyarta a Arewa maso gabacin Nigerya. Suna adawa ne da dokokin da ba na Allah ba kuma kimiyyar Zamanian. 
- A shekarar 2001 Mohammed Yusuf ya kirkiri kungiyar kuma suke son tabbatar da Shari'ar Musulunci a Nijeriya. Hakazalika kungiyar Boko Haram ta yi kaurin suna kan kai wa Kiristoci hari tare da dasa bama-bamai a coci-coci. The movement is divided into three factions. In 2011, Boko Haram was responsible for at least 450 killings in Nigeria. [ 8 ] It was also reported that they had been responsible for over 620 deaths over the first 6 months of 2012. [ 12 ] In the first few years of Boko Haram, 10,000 people are reported to have died from conflicts, not related to Boko Haram, about socical-economic issues. [ 13 ] The group became known internationally following sectarian violence in Nigeria in July 2009, which left over 1000 people dead. [ 14 ] They do not have a clear structure or evident chain of command. [ 15 ] Moreover, it is still a matter of debate whether Boko Haram has links to terror outfits outside Nigeria and its fighters have frequently clashed with Nigeria's central government. [ 8 ] A US commander stated that Boko Haram is likely linked to AQIM (al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb). [ 16 ] [ 17 ] , although professor Paul Lubeck points out that no evidence is presented for any claims of material international support.