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Journal of Religion and Violence

Volume 2, Issue 1, 2014

Benson Ohihon Igboin
Pages 94-121

Boko Haram Radicalism and National Insecurity: Beyond Normal Politics

The main focus of this paper is to interrogate the security challenges that the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram has posed to the Nigerian nation, and how the government has responded to these challenges. Although many positions have been articulated with regard to how best to tackle the insurgency, the thrust of this article, however, is to argue that instead of the “normal politics” of security, the government needs to invoke the doctrine of “emergency politics,” which involves the full concentration of state apparatuses in order to restore peace and order. It is the contention of this article that it is only after this measure has been taken that the fundamental causes can be adequately addressed, through a well-focused program of re-absorption.

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