Emerging threats to Nigeria’s National Security
: case study: Boko Haram

  • Obumneke Ihuoma Okereke Queiroz (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Boko Haram, the deadly terrorist sect has gained an international sensation and there is “no stopping them”. From the 2011 UN building bomb attack to the 2014 abduction of over 270 Chibok girls which brought about the hashtag #bringbackourgirls, there have been uncountable loss of lives and properties. Over the years, despite its split into various factions, this has neither disintegrated, slowed them down in their deadly executions nor mitigated their widespread tentacles in recruiting members both in Nigeria and across its neighbouring states. This emerging security threat has hampered the sustainable development of Nigeria affecting its very hem both in the economic, social, and political sectors, as well as education, thereby creating animosity in ethnic and religious cleavages which have resulted to clashes and conflicts. This thesis aims to analyse emerging threats to Nigeria’s national security and to investigate the growing security challenges that have progressed beyond national borders. From the North-East to the South-South geopolitical regions of the country, the nation is facing a very difficult task to curb terrorism and insecurities that are threatening its foundations. The Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, farmer/herdsmen conflicts, destruction of the country’s oil facilities by the Niger Delta militants, human trafficking, child abduction, cultism, etc will be analysed in this work to better comprehend its consequences in the Nigerian State.
Date of Award6 Dec 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorFrancisco Proença Garcia (Supervisor)


  • Mestrado em Governação, Liderança e Estudos sobre a Democracia

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