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Title:Nigeria's defence policy: perspectives for a new century
Author:Akinyeye, YomiISNI
Periodical:Nigerian Journal of International Affairs
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:defence policy
Abstract:This article is based on an analysis of Nigeria's defence policy. It takes a retrospective view of Nigeria's defence policy in the 20th century, and projects into the priority issues in the new millenium. It argues Nigeria's defence policy was slanted towards a realist State-centric approach, at the expense of the rights and welfare of Nigerian citizens. It also notes that in spite of the heavy investment in the military, there has been an overestimation of external threat, at the expense of internal political, social, and economic problems. In projecting into the 21st century, the article advocates a people-centred defence policy that incorporates economic and defence ties with Nigeria's immediate neighbours, and democracy, social justice, and environmental protection. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]