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National Security in Nigeria

A National Security Strategy for the Federal Republic of Nigeria

This 72 page document looks at the increasingly pressing issue of security in Nigeria, and potential options for addressing the challenge. In addition to the fact that Nigeria is Africa’s most populated nation and largest economy, there have been a number of worrisome security-related developments in Nigeria’s recent history heightening the potential impact of ongoing insecurity in Nigeria. The document sets out Nigeria’s current strategic context and then goes onto explain and document the security challenges currently facing the country.

These are:

– Political Violence

– Extremism

– Communal violence

– The Niger Delta

– Maritime security and transnational crime

Individually and collectively these issues are harmful to Nigeria’s vital interest in maintaining peace, security and national unity and pose a serious challenge to national security in Nigeria.


National Security in Nigeria (PDF file – 2 mb)

Date: June 2011