Nigeria’s policing effectiveness

Boko Haram, ISWAP and an unjust country

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

Boko Haram, ISWAP and an unjust country

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

Boko Haram, ISWAP and an unjust country

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’ […]

Different strokes in reintegrating ex-combatants

Boko Haram, ISWAP and an unjust country

F or several decades until about 2017, there used to be a gathering of disabled ex-combatants that begged for alms around the Oji-River section of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway. A similar spectacle existed around the Agbor section of the Onitsha-Benin Expressway. After the Nigerian government declared “no victor and no vanquished” in the Civil War of […]

Ethnic conflicts and militancy

Boko Haram, ISWAP and an unjust country

The ethnic and religious militia’s size has continued to burgeon in the last one and half decades. The dominant militia also functions side-by-side splinter operatives. Despite those organizational differences, the focus remains the same. Boko Haram, for instance, is the dominant Islamic militia. However, it shares a somewhat similar set of ideologies with another splinter […]

Strengthening national security and prosperity nexus

Boko Haram, ISWAP and an unjust country

Peace, prosperity, and power represent the core of those desirables that every nation wants to achieve. Nigeria is not an exception. Accordingly, while the rule of law’s effectiveness and the military’s efficiency considerably deliver peace, it also creates the right kind of entrepreneurial and investor-friendly environment for prosperity. These form the necessary conditions for global […]

The rule of law, rule of men and Nigeria’s Development

Boko Haram, ISWAP and an unjust country

The socioeconomically flourishing and developed countries of the world appear to share one common characteristic: a high accountability level. The government accountability factor is, in turn, dependent on two mutually reinforcing parameters; a commitment to the rule of law and eliminating corruption. An accountable government committed to ensuring monetary and fiscal stability will invariably facilitate […]

How political leaders heighten insecurity

Boko Haram, ISWAP and an unjust country

Political leaders’ primary obligation is to ensure maximum protection of every citizen’s inalienable rights. Insecurity in all its forms constitutes an infringement on these rights. Some ways that the society expects political leaders to achieve these objectives comprise the promotion of cultural secularization, creation, and advancement of structures for sustained socio-economic prosperity, the institution of […]

Reflections on interagency collaboration in security management in Nigeria

Boko Haram, ISWAP and an unjust country

The burgeoning scale, sophistication, and ferocity of criminal operations in the country unarguably calls for concerted efforts from security agencies and citizens alike. While the latter often provides leads for criminal investigation based on their reported experiences, the former comprises designated agencies for deepening investigation, preventing such incidents, strategy development, operationalization of crime counterstrategies, etc. […]

Of international counterterrorism assistance to Nigeria

Boko Haram, ISWAP and an unjust country

The spate and scale of terrorism can be overwhelming. Even global superpowers find it particularly challenging to contend with alone. The intricate global network underlying terrorist activities also requires that countries collaborate to deal with it. As the number three country after Afghanistan and Iraq in the 2020 global terrorism index, Nigeria cannot contend with […]