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Title:The open sore of a nation: corruption complex and internal security in Nigeria
Authors:Oarhe, OsumahISNI
Aghedo, IroISNI
Periodical:African security (ISSN 1939-2206)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:human security
Abstract:The paradox of African statehood is a motif in a large body of literature by scholars and analysts in African studies. The weakness or outright dysfunctionality of several African public institutions is often employed as a 'deus ex machina' to explain almost every African woe. Contrary to this mainstream analytical approach, the present authors contend that institutional failure or weakness itself needs explanation. They attempt to provide some explanations for the growing ineffectiveness of the Nigerian internal security apparatuses by unraveling how being embedded in a corruption complex not only undermines the security system but also spawns a web of insecurity in the entire country, as evident in the rampant cases of armed robbery, ransom kidnapping, ritual killing, assassination, ethnic militia, and sectarian violence. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]