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Title:Terrorism in Nigeria: implications of Boko Haram's movement for security and stability in the ECOWAS sub-region
Authors:Ogbonnaya, Ufiem Maurice
Ogujiuba, Kanayo
Stiegler, Nancy
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic terms:West Africa
Islamic movements
regional security
Abstract:Using the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria as a point of departure, this paper examines the implications of the operations of terrorist groups on the security and stability of States in West Africa. It predominantly utilises secondary sources of data. Findings indicate that the membership and operations of this terrorist group are spreading across the sub-region. This spread is consequent upon Boko Haram's collaboration with other terrorist groups within West Africa and beyond. This constitutes threats to the security and stability of States in the sub-region. Thus, the paper recommends, among other things: a thorough understanding of the operational strategies of terrorist groups by States and those involved in security policymaking in the sub-region; and for agreements to be reached among Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member States and their governments for collaboration in various areas in order to curtail transnational crime and terrorism, and reduce socio-economic inequality that generates aggressive behaviours among the less privileged. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]