Governance for Security and Counterterrorism in Nigeria – Links to Elite Political Culture

Ebimboere Seiyefa
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The concept of governance for security has been a focus of debate in recent years in the Nigerian State. In this paper, the question of who governs security in Nigeria is analyzed and argues that governance for security is influenced and shaped by the political elite. This paper examines Nigeria’s counter terrorism (CT) and counterinsurgency (COIN) response process and explores the proposition that the Nigerian government’s response towards organized political violent groups has been influenced by elite political culture. It was discovered that organised groups committed to violence were invigorated by a misguided CT and COIN strategy that was itself the outcome of elite interference. This observation underscores political elite complicity in governance for security in Nigeria. This paper serves as a framework for further analysis on CT and COIN measures as well as aid in the formulation and implementation of CT and COIN strategies.

Keywords: Governance for security, Elite Political Culture, Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism.

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