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THE VIGILANTE AND NIGERIA’S INTERNAL SECURITY – By: Prof. Tunde Adeniran, KJW; OFR

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Every so often, people talk about finding local solutions to local problems. These include issues pertaining to security and the welfare of the citizenry. In public and national interest, we bring you a paper delivered by an erudite scholar, politician and political scientist, Prof. Tunde Adeniran as part of what we tag: ”THE WAY FORWARD”. With the exception of Basorun Rock, where a passionate concern for Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State of Nigeria, led to some discussions on the perverse ecology of the city, with each problem feeding another, the general decay and pollution, the massive sanitation problem, etc, including the dynamics of sub-ethnic politics, the gatherings I have attended in the recent past have focused largely on the staggering problem of Nigeria’s internal security. The general interesting the issue, coupled with the agitations for a dual policing system and the fad of “Vigilante Associations”, struck me as indicative of the seriousness ‘of the problem and the common anxiety to secure a solution. In every instance, people were generally worried and wondered whether they stood any chance of surviving the next day as stories were shared regarding the exploits of dare-devil armed robbers, the fears, chaos, social disorder and the dislocation of people brought about by the operations of bandits. From the discussions, things have hardly .been helped by the multitude of doubts which assailed the law enforcement agents’ capacity to cope with the security crisis. From personal observations, one could also note that the unmoored generation of Nigerians that had surrendered itself to luxury, a life of comfort and pleasure without restraints and a mythical fanning of individualism, had suddenly joined others in solidarity of concern beyond individual survival to collective security in the face of mortal threats. And so from Benin city to Bimin Kebbi, from Kano toKabba, from Lagos to Langtang, from Abeokuta to Azare, from Port Harcourt to Pankshin, and from Nnewi to Nguru, etc., there ,began a mushrooming spread of heavy iron gates installed to protect each family and’ neighborhood from,’ unwanted visitors from the underworld. Along with this has been the gradual institutionalization of the Vigilante System that has become a psychological source of security as well as a palpable threat to it. How did we get to the present comer of irony in our search for personal or neighbourhood security? And what is the real origin, the dimension and possible consequences of…

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