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Nigeria’s Relations with Her Neighbors and the Fight against Terrorism: An Analysis of the Multinational Joint Task Force

Duruji, M. M. and Chidozie, Felix and Olanrewaju, Faith Osasumnen and Duruji-Moses, Favour Uremma (2019) Nigeria’s Relations with Her Neighbors and the Fight against Terrorism: An Analysis of the Multinational Joint Task Force. In: The Impact of Global Terrorism on Economic and Political Development. Emerald Publishing Limited. ISBN 978-1-78769-920-5, eISBN: 978-1-78769-919-9

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This chapter examines Nigeria’s relationship with her immediate neighboring countries in the fight against terrorism. It probed the challenges of national security following the internationalization of Boko Haram terrorist threats, particularly around the Lake Chad basin, and the responses of countries such as Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These countries, like Nigeria, share borders around the Lake Chad and are the core contributors to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF). Nigeria is an English-speaking country (former British colony), while these other neighbors are historically French colonial territories. Hence, their political, cultural, military, and economic affinities are with France. The varying backgrounds have accounted for the challenges in the subregion including the Boko Haram insurgency and the efforts at military cooperation in tackling it. Consequently, these questions are examined: what factors led to the formation of MNJTF and what role has it played in the counterterrorism strategies of the country? In what ways has the nature of Nigeria’s relations with these countries impacted on the operation of the body? What are the roles of external powers such as France with her domineering influence on these countries in the war against terrorism and how has it promoted Nigeria’s national security interest? The chapter relies on documented materials to interrogate the questions and proffer necessary policy recommendations premised on the findings.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Boko Haram  Counterterrorism  Lake Chad Region  MNJTF  Nigeria  Terrorism K33  K38  K40
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2021 14:46
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 14:46

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