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State Failure, Terrorism and Global Security: An Appraisal of the Boko Haram Insurgency in Northern Nigeria

Duruji, M. M. and Oviasogie, F.O. (2013) State Failure, Terrorism and Global Security: An Appraisal of the Boko Haram Insurgency in Northern Nigeria. Journal of Sustainable Society, 2 (1). pp. 20-30. ISSN ISSN 2168-2585 Print/ ISSN 2168-2593 Online

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Abstract

The magnitude of the disaster of September 11, 2001 brought to bear a general recognition that terrorism is a global problem that required urgent attention. The response was a war on terror against groups defined as a murderous oppressive, violent and hateful whose. Islamic radicalism is fingered as responsible and seen as a threat to peace, security and prosperity of the global community. However, it has become a common refrain that failed states are the fertile grounds for terrorism which threatens national security and invariably the global security as well. Nigeria, is one such state where elements of failure has given rise to groups like Boko Haram Group that use terror and violent agitation for making demand on the state. This objective of this study examined how this characterization has impacted in making the country breeding ground of terrorism. Specifically the study concentrates on the conditions necessitating the emergence and persistence of Boko Haram terrorist sect. The study relies on secondary data derives from books, journal articles and reports of periodicals and employed descriptive analysis to establish the trends, Findings from the Study shows that indices of a failed state as articulated in the literature is present in Nigeria. The paper concludes that these factors create the condition for terrorism to thrive in Nigeria and consequently threaten the socio-economic stability of the country and to an extent the globe. The paper recommends that to deal with these challenges, the Nigerian state needs to re-examine its character so as to address the issues that gives rises to acts of terrorism and provides the needs of the vast majority of the citizen

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Boko Haram, Nigeria. Islamic radicalism, terrorism, state failure
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Solomon Bayoko
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2015 12:24
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2015 12:24
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/3235

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