The rebel group has driven 19 000 rice farmers from their land, while a military crackdown is preventing thousands more from working their fields.
President Goodluck Jonathan took a gamble when he launched an offensive on Boko Haram's attempt to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.
Conditions are auspicious for Africa's two biggest economies to work together for mutual profit.
Nigeria’s rapid growth, despite a number of domestic challenges, could result in the country overtaking South Africa as the largest economy.
Several people have been killed in separate suicide bomb attacks in Niger that showed the fight against militants was spreading across West Africa.
Pressing on with a sweeping offensive against Boko Haram militants, Nigeria's military says it re-established control in five remote areas.
Nigeria's military has enforced a round-the-clock curfew in parts of the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, the home base of Boko Haram.
Soldiers in Nigeria have shelled suspected camps of extremists in the first military action of a new offensive against insurgents, says an official.
President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has imposed a state of emergency in three states worst hit by increasing violence by Boko Haram extremists.
South Africa has positioned itself as the voice of African interests, when talking to just about anybody on the global stage in Brics and G20.
The purported head of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for two recent deadly attacks in the northeast in a video.
Nigeria and South Africa have put aside internal political battles that upset a once-stable relationship.
Co-ordinated attacks by Islamic extremists armed with heavy machine guns have killed at least 42 people in northeast Nigeria.
At least 185 people in a fishing community have been killed in weekend clashes between Nigeria's military and Islamic extremists.
By agreeing to buy more of Nigeria's oil, South Africa has in effect restored some warmth to the frosty relations between the two countries.
A campaign to stamp out the spreading of rumours in Bayelsa, the home state of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, is now underway.