Hi, I'm the BBC's World Affairs Editor, John Simpson, and I've just returned from Nigeria. Ask Me Anything.
Hello, my name is John Simpson. I have been a BBC reporter for nearly 45 years. I travelled back from Paris to Tehran with the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, reported from Tiananmen Square, Beijing in 1989, and on the fall of the Ceausescu regime in Bucharest later that year. I was in Baghdad for the early part of the 1991 Gulf War and reported from Belgrade during the 1999 Kosovo War. In 2001 I was one of the first reporters to enter Afghanistan, disguised in a burqa. Last week I travelled to North East Nigeria and had rare access to investigate the impact of Boko Haram on the area and local people.
Here's a link to BBC online story I wrote about Gamburo, the town Boko Haram destroyed: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27399656
My proof: Here's a picture of me ready to answer your questions: https://twitter.com/BBCWorld/status/469478552812158976
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who's troubled to write in. Apologies to those whose qs I missed, answered wrong or misunderstood - and special thanks for being so pleasant and polite! Hope to be in contact again some time. Cheers, John.