Nigerian Government and Terrorists’ Negotiation: The Case of Chibok School Girls

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Gabriel T. Abumbe
Ojie A. Peter
Emmanuel Eyo Etim
Augustine Akah


The question of how potent negotiation is in ending violent terrorist campaigns has remained unanswered. This is because terrorist negotiation is morally repugnant as it is politically necessary. This study investigated the pros and cons of Nigerian government and BK negotiation. It examines some conditions that are necessary for fruitful negotiations as well as some factors that could contribute to failed negotiations; using the games theory. A qualitative method of data analysis was adopted in this study. Findings revealed that negotiation is one of the most viable options in the hands of the Nigerian Government to restore peace in the country and stop the continuous killings by BK. However, this negotiation should be done between representatives of the government and appropriate authorities within the sect. This paper recommends that terrorist negotiation        should remain as the last resort and negotiation process should commence only when every    other options have failed. Also, relevant bodies, stakeholders, Non-Governmental       Organizations and the general public should be involved in the fight against BK and other insurgent groups.


Nigerian government, BK, terrorism, negotiation, lasting peace

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T. Abumbe, G., A. Peter, O., Eyo Etim, E., & Akah, A. (2018). Nigerian Government and Terrorists’ Negotiation: The Case of Chibok School Girls. Asian Research Journal of Arts & Social Sciences, 5(2), 1-10.
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