BOKO HARAM INSURGENCY: THE MILITARY AND ARMS HOARDING

Waliyullahi Damilola Abimbola, Dr. Kayode O. 2Omotade, Dr. Samuel Akinwande Ademuyiwa, Adeola Oluwafemi

Abstract


The advent of Boko Haram Insurgency has been debated by extant studies to be among the varying banes ravaging the Nigerian state since the early 21st century. Many atrocities such as kidnapping, killing, rape, unlawfully taking citizens on hostages, among others, have been attributed to the various attacks made by the Boko Haram sect against the Nigerian societies, thereby, constituting serious threat to peace and security. Although many researches on Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria abound, less attention is still paid to the examination of Boko Haram Insurgency against the backdrop of politics of arms hoarding in the Nigerian state. This paper thus, seeks to investigate arms hoarding as a factor impeding progress in tackling Boko Haram in Nigeria. The paper uses both primary and secondary data collection. In the course of the research, individuals who had encounter of Boko Haram attacks recounted their experiences. Also, the paper makes use of available academic debates in published books, journals, periodicals and news paper publications on Boko Haram. The paper uncovers that Boko Haram insurgency still continues to confront Nigeria. Also, it is uncovered that international powers, such as, the United States refuse to kowtow to Nigeria’s demands for critical weapons against insurgency. Absence of sophisticated weapons has made it difficult for the Nigerian military to successfully combat Boko Haram in Nigeria. Nigeria should not be left alone in its efforts to providing lasting solution to Boko Haram attack.  Developed countries should therefore, come to the aid of Nigeria in weapon supply.

Keywords


Boko Haram, Hoarding, Intelligence, Nigeria, Weapon.

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