Fundamentalism, Boko Haram Movement and Socio-Economic Development in North- Eastern Zone of Nigeria

Rasak, Bamidele Fundamentalism, Boko Haram Movement and Socio-Economic Development in North- Eastern Zone of Nigeria. The Nigerian Journal of Sociology and Anthropology..

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In terms of effects, there are divergent perspectives on the activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria. One of the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria‘s as a nation is on the aspect of socio-economic activities of the country, especially in the North-Eastern part. Fundamentalism is an effort by religious interpreters who like to go back to what they believe to be pure and original values and behaviour. Social change is important for the emergence of fundamentalism. Whenever there are drastic changes in society and a pace of change that disturbs the community life, there is an adverse effect on the socio-economic development of the people and society. Studies on Fundamentalism have not offered restitution to this problem. To achieve this, fundamentalists evolve a comprehensive and absolutist rigid belief system and practice. This study, therefore, examined fundamentalism and socio-economic development in the North-Eastern zone of Nigeria with particular reference to the Boko Haram movement. Social Movement Theory (SMT) provided the conceptual framework for this study and the secondary method of data collection materials was used to elicit information for the study. Recently, Nigeria has witnessed a rise in the numbers of radical Islamic sects notably among them is Boko Haram. These sects have resorted to the use of violence in a bid to realize their ambitions of a wider Islamization of the Nigerian Population. This study shows that the Perspectives shared on the rise of these radical movements are: poor socio-economic infrastructures, poor governance and poverty as a major catalysts to the rapid increase in the membership of these groups.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Dr. Bamidele Rasak
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2022 09:23
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2022 09:23

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