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Public Policy and Administration


Timothy P. Fadgen


The violence of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria has generated an increased need for public policy responses. Nigerian authorities and community stakeholders have attempted myriad responses to the challenges created by Boko Haram. However, there is a poor understanding of policy frameworks for handling the Boko Haram violence on the immediate, medium-term, and long-term dimensions. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to improve the understanding of the public policy measures that may help to address the Boko Haram challenge. John Burton's theory of human needs provided a theoretical foundation for the study. Purposive sampling technique was used, which emphasized the relevance of participants' experiences and knowledge to the study. Rich data were obtained from archival documents and participant interviews from 12 public policy experts. Eight themes emerged from the analysis process of hand coding, categorization, patterning, detailed description, and interpretation of the data. The deductive thematic analysis approach for analyzing data was used. Key findings from this study revealed that a collaborative approach to public policy making and implementation by authorities in Nigeria is important for a successful counterinsurgency fight against Boko Haram. Recommendations include the need to mainstream research and intelligence in all counterinsurgency operations against Boko Haram and having a properly articulated counterinsurgency policy for Nigeria with a conceptual clarity that involves both the use of security and peacebuilding components at the political, legal, economic, and civil society levels.