International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Untreated National Sore Called Boko Haram: The Way Out and Forward
Adebowale Bandele Emanemua

Security threats such as militancy, armed robbery, vandalisation of government properties, kidnapping, and suicide bombing from terrorist groups are not uncommon phenomena in Nigeria since the return of democracy in 1999. But significant among them is the worrisome issue of the Boko Haram sect which has lead to loss of lives, properties and displacement of several innocent citizens in the country. Hence, this paper x-rays some of the murderous atrocities of the extremist Islamic sect from 2009 till date, and implication of their growing national menace on a democratic state like Nigeria. The study concludes that the Boko Haram insurgence is an untreated national injury that was sustained by the government and now grown into a national sore. The failure of the past government to treat this ‘national sore’ is still evident in the defective institutional mechanism adopted in managing the crisis today. Consequently, this paper prescribed the ‘drug of choice’ to cure the sore in other to prevent further crises in future from miscreant groups.

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