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THE IMPACT OF BOKO HARAM TERRORISM ON NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Terrorism (Boko Haram Insurgence) has introduced a dangerous dimension into the crime space of Nigeria. The trademarks of the Boko Haram are wanton destruction of lives and property with reckless abandon, through bombings, abduction and slaughtering of human beings like rams, especially in Northern Nigeria. This has created palpable fear and sense of insecurity in the polity. It is a fact that the development of any country in the world is dependent on many factors, which may fast-track or retard its growth, among which security is central. Security of lives and properties plays major role in the development of any country, as investors in any economy want to be assured of the safety of their investments. Since the risk of doing business increases when there is insecurity in the polity, investors who are to facilitate industrial growth and employment generation, try as much as possible to avoid such an unfavorable business environment. Also, combating a scourge like Boko Haram necessarily involves a significant drain on the nation’s material and human resources. This paper studied the impact of Boko Haram terrorism on national development. Phenomenological approach was employed in this research work. The study showed that Boko Haram insurgency has serious effect on the national development and on this note the paper proffers solution that: government as a matter of priority must do everything possible to put an end to Boko Haram Terrorism, and also reduce youths’ unemployment to the barest minimum to forestall further easy recruitment into terrorist and other criminal gangs. Security agencies should be effectively motivated and mobilized as critical stakeholders.
Key words: Boko Haram, Insurgency, National Development, Terrorism, Nigeria.