9/11 and the politics of counter-terrorism: writing temporality in(to) counter-terrorism rhetoric and discourse in Nigeria

Kodili Henry Chukwuma

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Abstract

Counter-terrorism has been described as a “powerful political discourse and a set of institutional practices with its own assumptions, symbolic systems, and rhetorical modes and tropes” (Jackson 2005). Indeed, more recently, much accepted knowledges and practices around counter-terrorism are largely informed by the events of 9/11 and the accompanying “global war on terror”, thus reproducing itself in different contexts with potentially varied consequences (Jarvis 2008; Toros 2017). In this piece, I briefly explore the way in which 9/11 functions as a discursive resource in framing – and responding to – specific terrorist threats in Nigeria. I attempt this analysis by looking at rhetorical statements and texts developed by the Nigerian federal government. This, indeed, is part of my PhD thesis which offers a compelling interpretivist assessment of Nigeria’s counter-terrorism strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-424
Number of pages4
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
Volume14
Issue number4
Early online date23 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

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