Saturday, January 9, 2016

Featured Article: Boko-Haram Crisis and implications for development in the Northern Nigeria.

This article was written by one of the staff of University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Asogwa Ikechukwu Sebastine).

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The Abstract:

The emergence of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram has led to the flight of safety and security for most Nigerians residing in the North. Indeed, there is an upsurge in the frequency of crime committed as Boko Haram has created widespread insecurity across northern Nigeria, increased tensions between various communities, interrupted development activities, frightened off investors and generated concerns among Nigeria`s northern neighbours Since the commencement of the native operations of Boko Haram, they have adopted several methods to unleash terror on the people. However, the worst and most despicable of these attacks is the ugly strategy of targeting Mosque and churches during worship. Sadly, the activities of this deadly have caused a lot of destructions and damages of lives through bombing, abduction and slaughtering of human beings in Northern Nigeria. It is a fact that the development of any country in the world is dependent on many factors, which may fast-track or retards its growth, among which security is central. Security of lives and property plays a major role in the development of any economy or region as investors want to be assured of the safety of their investments. Also, combating a scourge like Boko Haram necessarily involves a significant drain on the nation’s material and human resources. This paper studies the impact of Boko-Haram on the economy of the Northern Nigeria. The study proffers that government as a matter of priority must do everything possible to put an end to Boko -Haram terrorism, and also reduce youths’ unemployment to the barest minimum to forestall further easy recruitment into Boko-Haram. Keywords: Insecurity, Threat, Development, Boko-Haram, Security agencies, Nigeria. 

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