Impacts of Terrorism on Nigeria’s National Security in Digital Era

1Alita Emmanuel C,2 Nkiruka G. Nwankwo,3Ekwonu U. Dominic, 4Alpheaus, Chika J.
5Sampson O.Amulu, &6Nwodom, Destiny U.

1Department of  Political Science, Ebonyi State UniveristyAbakaliki, Nigeria

2Department of Political Science, Alex-Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike.

3Department of Political Science, Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe,Anambra State

4Department of Political Science, Clifford University, Owerrinta, Abia State, Nigeria

5Department of Political Sience, Alex-Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike.

6Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka.

Corresponding Author’s E-mail : alitaemmaunel2022@gmail.com,

Abstract 

Terrorist activities have heightened the insecurity level in Nigeria. The upsurge of attacks by the Boko Haram terrorists has further raised questions about the roles of the government in handling security issues. Given this, the study seeks to investigate government responses to terrorist attacks and examine how political inclinations have influenced the resistance tactics of terrorist groups in Nigeria. The study adopted qualitative research, using trend design and content analysis. The data adopted was based on documented sources such as journal publications, textbooks, and press releases. The study further based its theoretical framework on the frustration-aggression theory. In its findings, the study revealed that terrorism is at its highest level presently in Nigeria and has significantly affected both socio-political and commercial activities in the country. The analysis further exposed the inability of the Nigerian government to apply advanced military technology in the fight against terrorism. The study recommended, among other things, that the Nigerian government must adopt a digital approach to tackle terrorism since the use of mere military force has yielded no results, and hence more efforts and resources should be put into the use of ICTs in its military operations, especially to access the hideouts of terrorists.

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