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Public Policy and Administration


Morris Bidjerano


Although researchers have examined the causes and impacts of terrorism in Nigeria, there is no known research on the impact of Boko Haram’s insurgency on the people of Borno State based on their lived experiences. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the social, political, and economic consequences of the Boko Haram insurgency on the people of Borno State. The study’s theoretical framework was based on the relative deprivation theory; the theory was used to diagnose the problem of the Boko Haram insurgency and articulate possible alternative solutions. The central research question concerned the adverse effects of the Boko Haram insurgency on the people of Borno State. Data for this study were primarily collected through face-to-face interviews with a purposeful sample of 10 participants who were exposed to the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. A focus group discussion and document review were also conducted. Content analysis of collected data yielded 3 themes: (a) collapse of Borno State’s social, economic, and political structures and processes; (b) undesirable/negative implications of insurgency on Borno State’s corporate well-being; and (c) adapting to reality: coping with available relief services and programs. Implications for positive social change include giving voice to voiceless Nigerians and providing the Nigerian populace, multilateral and bilateral organizations, and the Nigerian government with information necessary to understand the effects of terrorism on the people of Borno State and promote resilience in the people who have experienced terrorism.

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