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Title:Managing the problems of public order and internal security in Nigeria
Authors:Ebohon, Sylvanus I.
Ifeadi, Emmanuel U.B.ISNI
Periodical:African security (ISSN 1939-2206)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:national security
government policy
human security
Abstract:The maintenance of public order and internal security in the face of rising threats to life emanating from civil strife, armed robbery, resource competition, tensions in the Niger Delta, ethnic based militant groups, corrupt security personnel, and waning State capacity constitute the major security challenges of the Nigerian State. This paper discusses these threats and argues that State culpability in terms of the centralization of security apparatuses in a federal system and the involvement of security personnel in threats related to anti-State violent activities pose the major security dilemmas of the Nigerian State. To minimize rising public disorder, the following suggestions are made: move from a State-centric to a human security paradigm, move from an elite-centred to a people-centred security management approach, overhaul the security institutions to reflect international standards of best practices, evaluate and investigate the personnel records of officers in the security institutions, involve civil society in the State security project, and adopt pillar two of the 2006 'responsibility to protect' (R2P) norm. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]