Given the strides being recorded in the military campaign against Boko Haram, it can be argued that Nigeria is on the path of recovering from years of a disastrous terrorism. The question of how the country got entrapped by Boko Haram has been of interest to researchers in the Social Sciences.
A recent study by Natalie Delia Deckard and Zacharias Pieri advances a new insight into the problem of insecurity in Nigeria. Their study published in the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society establishes that rising insecurity in Nigeria has some connection with the endemic corruption the country is facing.
Although, the research finding may not sound new, but the study provides a stronger methodology grounded in the quantitative approach to prove the hypothesis. Using analysis of a survey of over 10,000 Nigerians accomplished in 2012 and 2013, the authors demonstrate that issues of state illegitimacy and endemic corruption have contributed to Nigeria’s present security crisis by fomenting support for non-state violent actors.