A history of insecurity in Nigeria

A history of insecurity in Nigeria

The 1966 coup is unarguably the ugly cornerstone for the insecurity experienced today in Nigeria. The coup was staged and led by Igbo Christian officers, while Northern soldiers, primarily Muslims, led the counter-coup. With the excuse of curbing corruption, the highest-ranking military officers from the northern parts of Nigeria, the then Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa […]

Insecurity: Nigeria and its contiguous neighbours

A history of insecurity in Nigeria

Barack Obama once said that “we are defined not by our borders but by our bonds”. However, the border experiences and not the border determine the level of bonds between two countries. Effective diplomatic bridges always eliminate troubles at the border. That is why the combination of border security and domestic enforcement of the law […]

Leadership and insecurity crisis

A history of insecurity in Nigeria

There is no doubt that the average Nigerian is closely approaching the tap-out point. The catastrophic whirlwinds of harsh economy and insecurity have not helped matters. Unfortunately, both viciously reinforce each other. A poorly performing economy naturally creates hunger, anger and facilitate insecurity. Insecurity, in turn, creates environmental hostilities that work against entrepreneurship and good […]

Bandits or terrorists. What is in a name?

A history of insecurity in Nigeria

In Act two, Scene two of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Juliet asked Romeo the question, “what’s in a name?”. She then went on to add, “that which we call a rose, by any other name smell as sweet.” By these words, Juliet taught Romeo that his name was inadequate to capture and explain […]

Our weak and insecure Nigeria

A history of insecurity in Nigeria

Over a sixty-year horizon, rather than mastering the art of governing ourselves most efficiently, we have rather unlearned the most miniature lessons in governance taught us by the colonialists. We also abandoned the ones endowed on us by our rich cultural traditions and values. On the contrary, we picked up and revelled in reprehensibly strange […]

The Niger Delta MEND

A history of insecurity in Nigeria

Between January 2006 and the end of 2010, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta [MEND] waged war against the Nigerian government and foreign oil companies operating in the country. Through the hostage-taking of mainly foreign oil firms’ employees, vandalization of oil installations and facilities, instilling fear and terror via bomb attacks, bitter […]

Ominously growing ethnic, regional Army

A history of insecurity in Nigeria

Nigeria is a multi-nation country housing about 250 ethnic group or nations. Twenty out of these ethnic nations are big enough to exist as full-fledged countries. Somehow, that has not been the case despite bouts of attempts by some ethnic nationalities to secede. The Nigerian Biafran Civil War was the first of such attempts, which […]

Nigeria’s policing effectiveness

A history of insecurity in Nigeria

As a copycat species of humans, our police adopted the slogan “the police is your friend”, already in use in several other countries. Unarguably, an efficient policing system naturally endears the citizens to itself. Such friendship compares with the relationship between a security dog owner and his dutiful dog. The police efforts to ensure that […]

The economic cost of insecurity

A history of insecurity in Nigeria

Insecurity which is born and sustained through corruption has become Nigeria’s biggest headache. Apart from the tens of millions of Nigerian lives lost and its devastation of Nigeria’s pride in agriculture, it continues to unleash poverty across the country unrepentantly. It has also consigned Nigeria to the group of countries considered as the temples of […]

Reflections on cultic havoc

A history of insecurity in Nigeria

Cultism has become the norm in our society. It was also never alien to our culture as our history is replete with several religious cults’ activities. The African traditional religion maintained several secret activities in which only initiates can be participants. In my community, only initiated males can be part of the Odo religious cults’ […]