n African Security Review - Whose security? Understanding the Niger Delta crisis as a clash of two security conceptions : essay

Volume 18, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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The article argues that these questions remain a dominant feature of the crisis, thus reaffirming the need for a paradigm shift by the Nigerian state with regard to its security focus from an authoritarian state-centric perspective that views citizen agitation and resistance as 'terrorism', to human-centric perspective that will justify its Lockean essence. This shift in perspective is particularly apt now that it is becoming obvious that the state's militarisation of the region is only stoking the flames of ethnic-nationalism and exacerbating violence and criminality with attendant consequences for Nigeria's political economy. Such a shift will help rebuild the confidence in the government and will serve to recreate the basis for the state (government) to reclaim legitimately its role as the primary mode of societal organisation and state building.

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