Abstract

abstract:

The legitimacy of the Nigerian state has been challenged at different times since the attainment of political independence by actors either clamoring for self-determination or propagating exclusive religious agenda. Curiously, the state, rather than engaging these groups (including Boko Haram) in dialogue, has usually chosen to confront them. This paper interrogates how the Boko Haram insurgency constitutes a major challenge to the legitimacy of the Nigerian state and how the state has responded, given its experiences in handling violent challenges to its legitimacy.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2156-7263
Print ISSN
2156-695X
Pages
pp. 196-210
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-12
Open Access
No
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