Oyinlola Abodunrin, Adebowale I. Adeyeye (PhD), Gbolahan Oloye


Nigeria, regarded as giant of Africa has played a prominent role in ensuring peace in the world. One of the major roles is the maintenance of peace on the continent of Africa. Nigeria is doing this with more vigour and commitment. Surprisingly, despite the activities of Nigerian Government in different peace keeping activities, the Northern part most especially the North East region has been a theatre of conflict. The 276 students abducted by Boko Haram from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria on 14 April 2014 and again on February 19, 2018, Boko Haram insurgents invaded Government Girls Science Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe state, abducting 110 students. This has generates a subject of discourse over the years.This study examines the abduction of the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls in the context of Boko Haram insurgency, the associated solidarity campaigns, and the responses and challenges of the Nigerian government, civil society and International organisation to rescue them. Secondary sources were used to gather information for the study.The study reveals that, both incidents happened in similar historical circumstances under different government, which accentuated lax security that made the wholesale abductions of the schoolgirls possible without the slightest resistance.The study therefore recommends that, Nigeria government efforts should go beyond cosmetic colouration in battling with the issue of Boko Haram insurgency.


Boko Haram, Insurgency, Nigeria, Chibok girls, Dapchi girls, Kidnapping

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