Strengthening Nigerian security architecture

Nigeria's Security Funding

The recent robbery invasion of the residences of the Chief of Staff to the president and the Admin Officer inside Aso Rock neutralizes our delusive belief that we are safe in Nigeria. If criminal elements could fearlessly and successfully access the president’s Aso Rock, supposedly the most fortified place in Nigeria, then nobody is indeed […]

Improving respect for human rights

Nigeria's Security Funding

The sudden ban on Twitter jolted many Nigerians to governments seemingly untiring attempts at silencing their voices. But just like other types of human rights, freedom of expression is an expensive commodity in Nigeria. That is why Reporters Without Borders ranked Nigeria 120th out of 180 countries for press freedom in 2020. Their qualification for […]

International sources of Nigeria’s insecurity

Nigeria's Security Funding

Nigeria’s attractiveness is like the biblical hidden pearl parable where the discoverer sold all his possessions to buy the treasure field. From its vast market, abundant human resources, arable land, and good climate to enormous mineral deposits, the treasure in Nigeria naturally draws global attention. This ‘attention’ can take varied forms, which can be to […]

Sow poverty and reap insecurity  

Nigeria's Security Funding

The ease with which many apprehended criminals point at the unknown devil as the instigator or basis of their crime explains the difficulty in identifying the significant factors determining such behaviours. Such escapist excuses try to put a veil on other concrete underlying causes, which either acting alone or interactively can be economic, social, psychological, […]

Boko Haram, ISWAP and an unjust country

Nigeria's Security Funding

The tremendous impacts of religion in our society are well known. Early missionaries, well focused on their proselytization agenda, built several schools, hospitals, water infrastructure, and many other essential public services that supported Africa’s journey towards prosperity. The various religions they brought offered powerful platforms for social cohesion: the rich, the poor, the sick, the […]

Insecurity and civil society response

Nigeria's Security Funding

The complex dimensions of insecurity in Nigeria suggest that its management is beyond the narrow precincts manned by security professionals alone. Everyone is affected by it and should be involved. Consequently, from the parental counsels at various homes to the religious exhortations in multiple churches and mosques and the actual pulling of the trigger by […]

Peace and security education for all now!

Nigeria's Security Funding

The need for a properly structured and well-targeted public education and information-sharing for managing the insecurity crisis in the country rarely receives deserving scope of attention. Prevalently suggested insecurity minimizing panacea revolves around the might of war weapons and the gallantry of soldiers. As important as they are, compared with the efficacy of education and […]

A history of insecurity in Nigeria

Nigeria's Security Funding

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

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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

Nigeria's Security Funding

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 […]