This research work attempt to examine the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria and how it undermines sociopolitical development, with Niger State being our case study. The work has five chapters, each chapter structured in analyzing the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria and how it affects the sociopolitical development of Nigeria. To do this, the researcher developed twelve 12 questions, these questions were administered in form of questionnaires to 400 people who were selected as a sample of the population primary and secondary data were used as a source of data while tables and percentages were used in organizing and presenting the data collected. The data analysis revealed that Boko Haram crisis has created so many backwardness, hatred, national disintegration and lack of unity in Nigeria. The researcher therefore recommended that for Boko Haram crisis to be prevented, the government should take adequate measures to shut down any training terrorist camps operated by the Boko Haram sect. Then, the nation will start experiencing peace, oneness, security, national unity, development and progress for the betterment of all Nigerians.
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Over the years, Nigeria has experienced series of attacks and blast in most region of the country. The violent agitation by Militants in the Niger Delta region MEND has often led to loss of lives and properties otherwise known as Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta. So many spirited groups hide under this body to carry out their nefarious acts of rebellion govern the Nigerian state to express their governances over the degradations of the operation of the multinational organization. Similarly, there are groups that exist in other parts of the country and they include; the Odua Peoples Congress OPC which is located in the SouthWest. They are often called the Afeinifere group. There exists also the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra MASSOB, in the SouthEast while the Boko Haram uses the Northern part of the country as their operational base.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
It is no longer news that the activities of the Boko Haram and other similar political and or religious sects have often led to loss of properties, lives, and even the breakdown of laws and order, peace and security in the Nigerian society at large. It has been observed that a lot of attacks have been made onto many states, which include even the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
1.3 OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
The main thrust of this study is to determine Boko Haram crisis and the sociopolitical development of Nigeria to achieve this, the researcher has the following objectives as it points.
1. To find out if there are Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria.
2. To ascertain the remote and immediate causes of boko Haram crisis in Nigeria.
3. To ascertain the socioPolitical and religious implication of Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria.
1.4 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
There are numerous reasons why this research is useful, the research work would be of great importance to students and lectures in practice of how to carry out further research in the same area. It will help the government to solve some likely problems that might encounter in terms of development in Nigeria.
1.5 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
Opinions are however divided over the propelling firing of this group. It as indeed in a bid to eradicate these incessant chaos and destruction which has often led to loss of assets, that the researcher which to posit some research questions. Thus:
1. Are there really Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria
2. What are the remote and immediate causes of Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria
1.6 SCOPE AND LIMITATION OF THE STUDY The scope of this research study is quite broad that it encompasses the investigation of Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria from the year 2002 till date. This is because of its spontaneous nature. In view of the limitations of this study, various factors contributed in affecting the researchers comprehensiveness and totality in carrying out the study. Among these factors include, scarcity of relevant materials on the issue due to its continuous evolving nature, financial constraints, some questionnaire administered were not returned and most of the respondents failed to respond to some important questions and other tasking campus engagements and the fact that the crisis was still occurring at the period of research
1.7 OPERATIONAL DEFINITION OF TERMS/CONCEPT COHESION:
The art or state of sticking together.
SPIRITED: Deals with having or showing mettle, courage, vigor, energy and determination.
NEFARIOUS: Being wicked.
DEGRADATION: A situation in which somebody has lost all self respect and the respect of other people. It is also the process of something being damaged or made worse.
BEDEVILED: To cause a lot of problems for somebody or something over a long period of time.
TANTAMOUNT: Having the same bad effect as something else.
AGITATION: To argue strongly for something you want, especially for changes in a law, in social conditions, etc.
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