PATRICK OLUSEUN BAMGBOYE
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
The study examines the role of the Nigerian military towards national security of the Nigerian State. It observes that the national security of the country has been severely threatened by the Boko Haram insurgency in recent years despite the efforts of the military towards tackling the insurgency in the Nigerian State. The study further identifies internal and external factors as the bane of the military in prosecuting the war against Boko Haram. These factors include among others, poor and unsophisticated weapons and equipment, low morale on the part of the military, corruption among the rank and file of the military, lack of intelligence gathering and sharing, Nigeria’s porous borders, proliferation of arms in the country, political influence, poverty and unemployment as well as external supports and funding. As a methodology, the paper relied on secondary data retrieval from books, journals, news papers, magazines and the internet. The study however recommend inter alia that, internal and external factors be seriously addressed by the Nigerian government and by extension the Nigerian military if the war against the Boko Haram insurgency is to be won.