The Boko Haram issue in Nigeria has become a threat to both internal and international security with ever-growing violence and attacks on security forces, civilians, places of worship, media houses as well as international bodies such as the United Nations. With the increased numbers of squads, improved and sophisticated weaponry, suicide bombing and well organized guerrilla tactics, Boko Haram’s challenge to the Nigeria stretches across the entire 36 states of Nigeria, thus affecting its economic and social-political growth. With an aim of finding a solution that could lead to success in fending off the Boko Haram insurgency, this project explores the economic and political-cum-military forces at play between the Nigerian state and Boko Haram. It tries to investigate the apparatus of counterinsurgency earlier employed by the Nigerian state, thus also seeking to explain the possible counterproductive result or failure of counterinsurgency. The conclusion offers a framework for rethinking counterinsurgency and also suggests that avoiding situations that could lead to insurgency is better than trying to counter one. This project thus suggests social-political and economic reforms as well as amnesty programs as measures if heavily invested in, could help curb Boko Haram as well as insurgency in general.
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Barsoum, Ghada, Hisham Wahby
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Buba, Abdulqadir Muhammad, "Rethinking counterinsurgency: A case study on boko haram insurgency in Nigeria" (2016). Capstone and Graduation Projects. 11.
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