SAMUEL A. ASUA
Department of Political Science
and Public Administration
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Uyo, Uyo
This paper examined the security challenges posed to the nation by “violent non-state actor” such as Boko Haram. The paper predominantly relied on secondary data. We consciously blended and adopted the intractable conflict and instrumental theory of terrorism theories in our analysis. We argued thatBoko Haram attacks in North-East of Nigeria defy resolutions and seem unending because they are intractable conflicts and that core attributes and responsibilities of the state such as territoriality and the protection of infrastructural facilities and lives have been challenged in the main by the resurgence of Boko Haram sects. Thus, we recommended among other things that the Nigerian state and those involved in national and international security policymaking should study and thoroughly understand the operational methodologies and instruments of these terrorist organizations and the threats from them.