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Title:Restoring peace or waging war: security agencies' management of ethno-religious uprisings in Nigeria
Author:Adesoji, A.O.ISNI
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic term:Nigeria
armed forces
ethnic conflicts
interreligious relations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246029.2010.519872
Abstract:From the 1982 Maitatsine Uprising to the 2009 Kala Kato Riot, Nigeria has been bedevilled by ethnoreligious uprisings with devastating human and material losses. In almost all these crises the police and the military have featured as agencies tasked with the responsibility of maintaining law and order and suppressing insurrection. While it was not alleged that they precipitated some of these risings perhaps in their attempts to stem or nip them in the bud, they have been accused of escalating the conflict either by their slow and inadequate responses, their partisanship and their arbitrary responses, or by their slackness in managing the crises and their aftermath. However, but for their efforts the security basis of the Nigerian State would have been considerably compromised by religious fundamentalism given the level of preparedness of the groups involved, their resistance and, more importantly, the recurrent nature of the uprisings. This article reflects on the management of ethnoreligious uprisings in Nigeria by the police and the military. It considers the nature of the security agencies' involvement in the crises and examines the factors both within the agencies and in the larger Nigerian society which have aided or hindered their effective management of the conflicts. Note, ref., sum. (p. V-VI). [Journal abstract]