Impact of incessant kidnappings on the external relations: A case study of Nigeria


  • Yusuf Kamaluddeen Ibrahim Faculty of Law and International Relations, University Sultan Zainul Abidin, Terengganu, Malaysia.
  • Abdullahi Ayoade Ahmad Faculty of Law and International Relations, University Sultan Zainal Abidin, Terengganu, Malaysia.
  • Sani Shehu Faculty of Law and International Relations, University Sultan Zainal Abidin, Terengganu, Malaysia.



Nigerian kidnapping, effects of kidnapping, Nigeria’s security challenges, Nigeria’s external relations, proposed panacea for Nigeria


Nigeria is a West African country, endowed with a rapidly growing population of over 206 million, with over 500 languages and 250 ethnic groups. It is Africa's most densely populated country and the world's largest black nation. The integration of these complex entities into a unified body has proved difficult since the country's 1914 amalgamation. The government is challenged with violence and military dictatorships, endemic corruption, and abject poverty that intensifies heinous crimes, including kidnapping. The menacing impact of the phenomenon ravaged throughout the country resulted in many lives lost and cripple the economy. Even though it is enshrined in the Nigerian 1999 Constitution, chapter 2, section 14(2b), that the protection of lives and property is the state's core responsibility. The study aims to uncover the effects of kidnapping on Nigeria's foreign relations. The study adopted a qualitative method, using secondary sources and world-system theory. The study found that failure to address the root causes of kidnapping is why kidnapping prevails in the country. Consequently, the study developed some measures and panacea to the country's deteriorated and incessant insecurity challenges. Noticeably, heinous crimes will be eradicated and replaced with economic wellbeing and strengthen the country's external relations.


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How to Cite

Ibrahim, Y. K., Ahmad, A. A., & Shehu, S. (2021). Impact of incessant kidnappings on the external relations: A case study of Nigeria. Liberal Arts and Social Sciences International Journal (LASSIJ), 5(1), 212–227.