Posts

Showing posts from March, 2015

A Cause for Alarm The State, Human Security and National Security in Nigeria

This is a paper that I gave to the Masters in Military Science students in the Political Science Department at University of Ibadan on January 19, 2015.  It's a gloss on the editorial from my two edited books and some of my past writings from this blog. It's long, but it expresses my some of my sentiments about the Nigerian situation.  Clearly, some events have overtaken us, the most significant being the decision of the Federal government of Nigeria on February 13, 2015, to delay the 2015 general elections for six weeks, ostensibly to fight Boko Haram and make the Northeastern states where it had been on the rampage safe. That this announcement happened on the eve of the elections that were scheduled for Valentine's Day (February 14, 2015) raises the specter of using this serious situation as part of an electioneering gimmick.  Nonetheless, the paper still remains relevant to the fundamental questions concerning the nexus between state, human and national security in Nige…