THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE WAR AGAINST MILITANCY AND ITS ASSOCIATED VICES IN THE NIGER DELTA REGION OF NIGERIA

Heoma G. Nsirim-Worlu (Ph.D)

Abstract


Militancy has become one of the hydra headed monsters that acts as bane to the development of the Niger delta region. The Niger Delta region of Nigeria has a delicate fragile ecosystem with unquantifiable human and natural resources. The abundant natural resources are known to contribute greatly to more than seventy percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). This also accounts for its economic, social and political relevance in both Nigeria and international communities. The region is currently experiencing myriad of security challenges and this is linked to the perceived unequal distribution of the nation’s resources which has caused the youth and some people of the area to act in a manner as to conspicuously demonstrate their deprivation, marginalisation and exclusion in the management and control of the abundant resources. This paper argues that the ongoing  repression accounts for why the youth of the region have organised themselves into different militant groups to unconventionally participate in the sharing of the natural blessings domiciled in the area with the political class who reside in Abuja- the nation’s capital; while the people are daily encumbered by environmental degradation, health challenges and insecurity. Political economy is the theoretical base of this work; the main aim of this work is to describe the role of women in the fight against militancy and its associated vices in the region. This work concludes that in spite of internal structures that militate against women - cultural practices, that women have enormous task to perform as home builders and character molders in the war against militancy, especially with the charge from United Nations in 2017’s international women’s day celebration which states “Be Bold for Change”.

 


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Role, Women, Militancy, War and Against

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