Accession Number:

ADA623904

Title:

Terrorism in Nigeria - Revisiting Nigeria's Socio-Political Approach to Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2015-06-12

Pagination or Media Count:

131.0

Abstract:

Boko Haram, is a terrorist organization in Nigeria, with its stronghold in the northeastern states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa Nigeria. The group has conducted series of attacks that has resulted in a high level of insecurity in the country, deaths and a high number of refugees in the affected region. In addition, the menace of terrorism has negatively impacted the socio-economic and political equilibrium of Nigeria, making it the current thorn in the nations flesh. This research tries to highlight the need for a socio-political approach in Nigerias counterterrorism and counterinsurgency strategy in order to make it more effective. Methodologically, it relies on both primary and secondary sources of data. It argues that a combination of politico-economic competition, illiteracy, poverty, extremist religious ideology and the obnoxious military extra-judicial killings are the core drivers of this sudden change. It concludes with a range of recommendations on how Nigeria can successfully address the security threat posed by Boko Haram.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE