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Boko Haram insurgency in North-Eastern Nigeria and its implications for security and stability in West African sub-region

Ayodeji Aduloju (), Abimbola Opanike and Lawrence O Adenipekun

International Journal of Development and Conflict, 2014, vol. 4, issue 2, 102-107

Abstract: The spate of instability in the West African Sub-region has for long drawn attention not only from the academia but also in everyday discussion. The sub-region has a long history of conflict with evidence of not one but myriads of causes to those conflicts, which many studies have shed light on. Currently, the sub-regional power and the main peace keeper (Nigeria) is waging war against the Boko Haram terrorist group on its own soil with grave consequence for the West African region. The emergence of this terrorist group in North-Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in Nigeria, brought new dimensions to insecurity in West African Sub-region and also has a wider impact on the international community owing to their main objective to wage war against western values. Now, there is the need to investigate and analyse the implication of this terrorist organisation in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria on security and stability in West Africa. This study investigates the implication of the Boko Haram uprising in Nigeria on security in West Africa. It discovers that the insurgents have links with some other international terrorist groups. It also discovers that there is a severe security implication for West Africa and it then calls for effective sub-regional framework to tackle its scourge.

Keywords: West Africa; Nigeria; Boko Haram; Terrorism; Security (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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