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Title: ETHICAL ISSUES IN THE BOKO HARAM’S RELIGIOUS TERRORISM IN PLATEAU STATE, NIGERIA
Authors: OBASI, FRANCIS AUGUSTINE
Keywords: ETHICAL ISSUES, BOKO HARAM’S, RELIGIOUS TERRORISM, PLATEAU STATE, NIGERIA
Issue Date: Oct-2019
Publisher: NONE
Citation: NONE
Series/Report no.: NONE;NONE
Abstract: Boko Haram is a religious terrorist organisation. It has identified itself as an Islamic organisation, but Muslims have argued against that identification. Boko Haram became publicly violent in 2003 in Kanama, Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe state, Nigeria where they are believed to have originated in 2002. They see themselves as the only true representatives of Allah, while attacking Western civilisation. They carried out their initial public attacks between 21 December 2003 and January 2004 and caused much destruction in Yunusari, Borsari, Tarnuwa, Geidam, and Damaturu Local Government Areas of Yobe State. The problem of Boko Haram evidently entered Plateau state on 24 December 2010 with the bombing of Kabong and Angwan Rukuba areas of Jos. Following those two attacks, the activities of the Boko Haram religious terrorists had spread to other parts of Plateau state. They carry out their attacks through guerrilla warfare, suicide bombing, placing explosives in crowded places, shootings, assassinations and kidnapping. The study used phenomenological method which deals with what is seen, heard, felt and experienced, also the characteristics of Boko Haram. Unstructured interview method was used in collecting data from victims, parents, relatives, security agents, religious leaders, traditional leaders and government officials. Focus group discussions were held with selected groups of victims and security agents. While other methods were being used in the study, observation method was keenly used in collecting data from relevant areas in Plateau state. The study dwelt on consequentialist ethical theory, which states that the consequences of a person’s action are the basis of judging the rightness or wrongness of that action. Boko Haram’s religious terrorism has caused a widespread destruction of life and property in Plateau state. Many people were killed in different places, and property was destroyed on a larger scale, such as churches, mosques, police stations, military bases, markets and houses. As a result, the people of Plateau state have experienced emotional problems such as trauma, depression, frustration, stress, distress, worry, hopelessness and desperation in different degrees. In the context of this situation, there have been tension, threat and fear among the people of Plateau state. The study has then made some recommendations. Religious terrorism should be included in the educational curriculum in Nigeria. Sound theological education should be inculcated by Christians and Muslims. Adequate and sustainable welfare programmes should be provided for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Comprehensive reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction should be carried out in Plateau state. Finally, for efficient, creative, innovative, effective, productive and prompt service delivery by the security agents, maximum funding and effective equipment should be provided promptly in order to maintain and sustain high morale among them.
URI: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/558
ISSN: NONE
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