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SECURITY AND TERRORISM CHALLENGES IN NIGERIA: CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES AND THE WAY FORWARD
Terrorism is currently a foremost challenge in Nigeria. Due to the prevalence of the act of terrorism in Nigeria, numerous numbers of people have lost their lives on daily basis. Despite the fact that government and the security agents claim to be on top of the matter, insecurity still persists. From all indications, the government as well as the security agent seems to be incapable of effectively securing the lives and properties of the citizenry from terrorists. The central focus of this paper is to examine security in the face of increasing incidence of terrorism in Nigeria by looking at the causes, consequences and the way forward. The paper used library science method and collected data purely from secondary materials. The paper found that amongst the causes of terrorism and security challenges are high rate of unemployment, prevalence of poverty, religious intolerance and partisan politics. These consequently resulted into not achieving macroeconomic objectives such as increase in economic growth as expected. The paper therefore suggested accountable and quality leaders, improved governance and service delivery; training of Nigerian police on tactic to contain terrorist, improvement in the warfare of the police ofcers, creation of employment for the populated teaming youth’s as well as reduction in polity corruption.
Keyword: Challenges, Corruption, Leaders, Poverty, Security, Terrorism, Unemployment and Violence.