Boko Haram has killed hundreds of Nigerian citizens and displaced thousands more, causing instability and suffering. The attacks have also slowed down agricultural production and increased food prices in some parts of the country.
Although the overall Nigerian economy has not suffered substantially, the northern regions of the country are facing scarcity and a higher cost of living due to anti-Boko Haram security measures. This is hard on the citizens, who were generally poorer than the rest of the country even before Boko Haram began terrorizing them.
One of the most significant effects on younger people is the lack of education. Boko Haram threatens schools and tries to prevent children from being educated in anything but strict Islamic beliefs. This has caused many schools to close and many parents to keep their children home out of fear. Girls and young women are especially affected by this, as Boko Haram believes that women should not be educated at all.
Boko Haram has many negative effects of the lives of girls and women in general. They often abduct women and force them into marriage and sexual slavery. Women who have not been abducted stay home out of fear, limiting their ability to support themselves and their families. Girls are marrying younger because they cannot get education or work, and their families hope they are safer with a husband.