Bokoharam Insurgency: A Challenge on Nigerian National Security



The security challenges confronting the Nigerian state in this 21st century have defied any definite explanation both from the government and private angles. Ironically these challenges are internally generated. Expressions like militant, insurgent and terrorist became a manageable concept in line with the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria where attacks on people, property and government infrastructures are severe.  The challenge is that some of these groups’ aggressions have affected the peaceful co-existence of the society and the core value of the Nigerian state. This paper explores documentary analysis on the severity of attacks on the Nigerian state from the fourth republic with a key interest on the possibility of these attacks to lead to the balkanization of the country into different nations as suggested by viewers. Here we argue that it is mere politics that we need to re-examine the future of Nigerian state from the wrong perspective of our colonial master that panel-beat different nations into one country and accept to walk the country into recognizing the concept of national identity. Nigeria should move to achieve national consciousness and erase indigene claims from naked politicking practiced in the country that result to instability.

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