BOKO HARAM INSURGENCY: A THREAT TO NIGERIAS ONENESS

Nnaemeka Emmanuel Agujiobi

Abstract


This paper discusses Boko Haram Insurgency as a threat to Nigeria’s oneness. In 2009 a Jihadist group called Boko Haram started an armed rebellion against the government of Nigeria. The findings of this study reveal that the main aim of this group was to establish within the country an Islamic caliphate which would allow for the implementation of Sharia by overthrowing the government through an armed rebellion. In other words these insurgents were out to weaken, subvert and threaten the government of the day. They seek greater expansion and consolidation with a view to staking their claim for territorial control of a particular area that would serve as their base in line with their ideology. Terrorism destroys the main fabric of any nation because it weakens the country internally, thereby exposing her as an easy prey to external aggressors. In Nigeria, this insurgency enthrones poverty, lawlessness, confusion and tends to destroy the sense of orderliness. Boko Haram has multi-dimensional approaches to ensuring that radical Islamism and militancy are enthroned. This paper recommends that the solution to terrorism in Nigeria is linked with the issue of poverty and job creation which must be addressed properly by the government. This is because most perpetrators of this crime are jobless youths. The methodology used in this work is historic-descriptive which means that the schemes of the Boko Haram group were carefully studied and interpreted based on its multiple divisive consequencies.

Keywords


Boko Haram, Insurgency, Threat, Nigeria, Oneness.

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