Insurgency and Socioeconomic Development: A Sociological Examination of the Impact of Boko Haram Insurgency on Commercial Activities in the Yobe State, Nigeria

The study is designed to examine the impact of Boko Haram insurgency on commercial activities in the Damaturu Local Government Area of the Yobe State, Nigeria. Mixed research method using both quantitative (structured questionnaire) and qualitative (in-depth interview) research techniques was used. 385 respondents were sampled using the Creative Research System formula for sample size calculation. The quantitative data obtained were analysed using both descriptive and inferential statistics while Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was employed for analysis of the qualitative data. The study revealed that the Boko Haram crisis has seriously affected the socioeconomic development and commercial activities of the study area the destructions of markets, killings and abductions of business owners. Finally, the study suggested that the Government of the Yobe State should initiate a good pro-poor social investment programs for small and medium business operators, the government should reopen all closed markets for the purpose of commercial activities in the communities where relative peace has been restored and finally the government should provide more security to enable the populace restart their commercial activities and suitable environment for business operations.