Exploratory Study On Socio-Economic Impact of Boko Haram Insurgency in Northern Yobe State
The Boko Haram insurgency that begun in 2009 has had a devastating consequences particularly in the North Eastern Nigeria where the crisis emanated. Several studies have reported on the general impact of the insurgency on different aspect of national life. However, each of these studies have its limitations specifically on context and methodological approaches which ultimately, provided the need for further studies to enrich existing literature. This study aimed at exploring the lived experiences of the socio-economic impact of Boko Haram insurgency in northern Yobe State, which is generally considered as one of the most affected areas by the insurgency. In doing so, the study focussed on exploring specifically on the economic, educational and health impacts in the region. In-depth interviews and focus group discussion methods were used to collect data from 20 purposely selected informants, whose ages are between 25 to 60 years and have lived in the study areas for upward of 15 years. The data collected through the interviews was coded, analysed and emerging themes from the data were identified and presented according to the research question. Major findings of the study show that the Northern Yobe State experienced both physical and psychological effects as evidenced in decline of commercial activities, destruction of health and education facilities across the affected region. At the end, based on the findings, the paper recommended for total overhaul and reinvigoration of the security apparatus as well renovation of the destroyed skills acquisition complex in the study area with the aim of mitigating the effects and fostering peace that is essential in the drive towards ensuring lasting peace in the area.