THE ROLES OF WOMEN ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMME IN PREVENTING VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN BENUE STATE, NIGERIA
Keywords:Violent Extremism, Insurgency, NGO, Benue State
Since the beginning of the Nigeria’s Fourth Republic in 1999, violent extremism has been in the increase. This manifested in the activities of Boko Haram, bandit groups, unknown gunmen and radical militant groups, among others. These extremist groups have been operating for years with impunity. Their criminal activities ranging from bombing public arenas, kidnapping and cruel killings of innocent citizens have been affecting socio-economic and political sectors of the country. Their criminal activities and the role of government to control them have extensively been investigated in different academic disciplines, which produced a huge body of literature. The roles of non-governmental organisation in de-radicalisation of violent extremism has not been given adequate attention. Hence, this paper sets to examine the role of Women Environmental Programme as NGO in prevention of violent extremism in Benue State. In doing this, data was collected using mixed method approach, which enabled collecting both quantitative and qualitative information from the sampled respondents. Descriptive statistics was used to analyse the quantitative data and Chi-Square was used to test the results. However, the paper argues that the programme in Benue State yielded positive results, in spite of the challenges encountered by WEP. Based on these results, it is therefore recommended that collaborations with the central government agencies will be intensified in order to extend this preventive effort to other states that prone to violent extremism.
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