Nigerian State and the Challenges of Insurgency and Internally Displaced Persons, 2010-2017

Obiora, Charles Arinze, Onwunyi, Ugochukwu Mmaduabuchi, Udegbunam Victor Emeka, Ostar Christopher


This paper aims at examining the challenges of insurgency and internal displacement of Persons in Nigeria between 2010 and 2017. Insurgency has become a subject of everyday discussion in Nigeria due largely to its devastating effects in this present democratic dispensation. One of the consequences of insurgency in Nigeria is population displacement. Internal displacement of citizens in Nigeria could be said to be one of the challenges caused by terrorist activities such as that of Boko Haram in the North-East and the Fulani Herdsmen in the Middle Belt regions of Nigeria. The study is descriptive as well as analytical in nature as the data for the study was generated from secondary sources, while the theory of displaced aggression was adopted as a tool for analysis. The study found out that insurgency which is evident in Boko Haram activities as well as the recent Fulani herdsmen attacks led to citizen’s internal displacement. This it does through the demolition of houses, churches, markets and places of worship as well as association of the citizens. The study recommends that, there is need for government to instigate actions towards addressing the challenges caused by insurgency through proper inter-agency collaboration. Also, international partners must drastically increase their humanitarian response. They must lend greater support to the government, preferably in a high-level forum that includes the military, UN agencies, international NGOs, as well as local civil society and NGOs.

Keywords: Insurgency, Internally Displaced Persons, Citizens, Insecurity, Humanitarian Assistance.

DOI: 10.7176/RHSS/9-14-14

Publication date:July 31st 2019

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