Publisher: University of Calabar

The Concept of Terrorism and Its Implications For Nigerian Democracy

Stephen O. Aigbonoga, Paul I. Azegbeobor
KEYWORDS: Corruption, Democracy, Governance, Injustice


This paper examines the concept ofteirorism and its implicationsfor Nigerian democracy. Though, terrorism is destruction of lives and properties by people, not acting on behalf of an established government, for the purpose ofredressing a real or imaginary injustice attributed to an established government; it appears that the use ofviolencefor the achievement of political ends is common to both the state and non-state groups. The evaluation and critical analysis of this work is anchored on texts and journals relevant to this topic. It wajr discovered that due to its social, political, philosophical and ethical implications, the concept ofterrorism connote something negative and largely unacceptable. As such, it is argued that the Nigerian government can prevent and eradicate terrorism by evolving, practicing, and situating Nigerian society on the platform ofsocial, moral, economic and politicaljustice by eliminating all forms of injustice, which are the ideals of liberal democracy. Haven discovered that terror involves the deliberate killing of non-combatants as a means to an end, the paper then argued that every man has an inviolability founded on the sanctity oflife. The protection ofthis inviolability can only be guaranteed in a democratic society through- the application of non-violent method. In conclusion, non-violence was argued as the best meansfor providing alternative to violence in resisting oppression whether in the form ofsocial justice, religions liberty, racial equality, political liberation arid national integration. It was therefore recommendedfor all under oppressive system to seek for emancipation, equal rights and treatment.

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