Date of Conferral





Public Policy and Administration


Gregory Campbell


AbstractAntiterrorism Policy Implementation in Nigeria By COL.Wisdom M. Osagiede Ogbeowemwenkon Osemwende (Ret) United States Army United States Army Command and General Staff College, 2009 Combined Arms and Service School, 2003 United States Army Chemical Corp School Officer Advance Course, 2000 John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School – CA, 1999 John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School – PSYOP, 1997 MA, Southern University and A&M College, 1991 United States Army R.O.T.C. 1991 BS, Southern University and A&M College, 1990

Dissertation Submitted in Partial Fulfillmentof the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy Public Policy and Administration

Walden University January 2023 Abstract In 2015, the Boko Haram formally aligned with the jihadists within the Islamic State of Iraq, further increasing its financial and strategic resources. Currently, the Nigerian government remains ill-equipped to address the constant and increasing issues of food restrictions, disease, and poverty facilitated by the presence of the Boko Haram in Nigeria. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to develop a better understanding of how Nigerian government officials implemented policies and strategies of the Terrorism Prevention Act (TPA) to address terrorist groups, such as Boko Haram, under the new jihadist philosophy. The theoretical framework that underpinned this study was strain theory, which indicates that stress (i.e., strain) and failure can facilitate participation in crime. Two research questions were developed to determine how Nigerian government officials perceived implementation of terrorism policies impacted terrorist groups and affected national safety. The study results suggested that policies, such as the TPA, were not effective in combating Boko Haram and that Boko Haram activities would continue to affect the safety of Nigerians. As such, more effective policies for combating terrorism should be developed.