African Command and the Security of African states: The Nigerian Experience


The quest for peace, security, political and economic stability is pivotal not just to the United States, but to every state in the international system. In the aftermath of the September 11 attack, the Bush Administration increased efforts both home and abroad to prevent future attacks, build a more peaceful America and promote its national and economic interest abroad. The US national security strategies of 2002 and 2006 laid major emphasis in the importance of the African continent   to US Security. Consequently, this gave rise to the sovereignty and stability of the African continent. It is said that the presence of AFRICOM threatens the national security, territorial integrity and political stability in Nigeria in the sense similar to the Middle East. The study examined the implications of AFRICOM in achieving effective peace and security in Nigeria and the consequences which it may have on Africa’s security and military development, especially in consideration of the fragility and volatility of the Nigerian state. The bulk of related data which were generated on the subject, as well as the adoption of the power theory, boosted our analytical strength and enhanced our prognosis. The research design employed was the descriptive research design, using the qualitative data analysis in analyzing the data gotten from the field and from research materials such as journals, articles, magazines, reports and internet materials. On the basis of this, the study unraveled that any U.S military intervention in Nigeria will inversely have both negative and positive impact on the Nigerian state and Africa in general. In view of this, it was recommended, that the Nigerian government should negotiate the redirection of the billions of US dollars, budgeted for AFRICOM’s operations, towards a clearly focused western styled multidimensional development initiative in Nigeria in order to guarantee peace and business friendly environment. More importantly, the institutions and the structures of the Nigerian Government should be revamped to meet the serious issue of development in the country, so that hunger, dissatisfaction and the inability to meet the citizens’ needs and expectations be met; as it is now, all these constitute serious security issues.


The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Professor AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has called for strong legislations to curb the menace of violence against women and the girl-child.
Ambali made this call on Tuesday while declaring open a roundtable discussion on “Tackling Violence against the Girl-child and Women” organized to mark the International Criminal Court Day at the University. The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Sidiqat Ijaiya, described the theme for the roundtable as “apt, timely and godly”. He said that violence on girl-child and women had great physical and psychological consequences on the present and future lives of the victims. Ambali said:
“As a child, sister, wife, mother and grandmother, the female gender carries the burden of the home and the society on her shoulder until her strength is spent.”
“But why should a father, a friend of the family or a neighbour, subject even a three-year-old girl to sexual violence?”
“Why have our men become predatory? Is it for money or for power or are they on drugs? You must be really intoxicated before you can rape your own daughter,” he said.
In her presentation, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi of the Department of Public Law, University of Lagos, highlighted the different international and local legislations against gender-based violence such as rape. She said that:
“The problem was about implementing the law punishing the act’’.
In her submissions, Mrs Eni Ayeni, Programme Coordinator, Community Action against Injustice, Abuja, said that the challenge posed by violence against women and girls was a responsibility that should be tackled collectively. According to Ayeni, the implication of not addressing issues around violence against women and girls is far more than what has been envisaged. She stressed that without addressing the issues now, the future would be gloomy, because women and girls play prominent role in the healthy evolution of any human society.
The convener of the programme, Prof. Abdulwahab Egbewole, in his remarks, said the round-table was to beam searchlight on the International Criminal Justice Day as approved by the world community after the Kampala Conference in 2010.
“This year, we are focusing on violence against the girl-child and women because, in our view, they represent the most vulnerable group in the world,” Egbewole said.

The End of Boko Haram is near….

It’s a good thing to see that our new government is working hard to bringing about peace and security in Nigeria.

As said in the guardians  Troops of 28 Task Force Brigade Nigerian Army deployed at Bitta and Pridang carried out a successful raid on suspected Boko Haram terrorists camps at Bulajilin and Manawashe villages along Bita and Damboa road at the fringes of Sambisa forest on Tuesday, 27th October, 2015. The troops were able to killed 30 Boko Haram terrorists.  Continue reading

KPMG Nigeria Undergraduate and Graduate Internship Programme 2015

Hey youths this is for you all, please ensure to be part of this training it would help you all in developing your skills.

At KPMG, qualified undergraduate and graduate student interns get the opportunity to work in a conducive and challenging environment that presents practical insights into various businesses. Our interns acquire useful skills and competencies in preparation for future employment opportunities.
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National Conference: Northern Leaders

The Northern leaders convened to discuss certain issues affecting their states. In the summit they demanded that the National Conference should be retaken due to the old government Goodluck Jonathan might have skipped certain issues affecting the North. Most especially the issue of the Boko Haram menace in the north, which has brought about developmental issues in the North.

According to the Punch newspaper this issue was discussed,

“Northern leaders, mainly former political office holders from the zone, on the 15th of August canvassed against the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference convened by the Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Northerners said the Jonathan’s government had it’s agenda fro setting the confab and that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari could not work with the outcome of the 2014 Conference. The Northern Ex-Political office holders under the aegis of the Northern Reawakening Forum (NRF), asked Buhari to convene a Fresh National Conference, specially to address some pertinent issues affecting the North-East and other parts of the region.

Their demand was contain in the communique issued at the end of the forum’s summit and retreat with the theme ” Rebuilding a safe, secure and economically inclusive Northern Nigeria.” Chairman of the NRF, who is also a former member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Mohammed Umara Kumalia, read the Communique in Abuja.’

The NRF was declared open by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) and in attendance was the Governor of Bauchi state, Mohammed Abubakar, the Governors of Kebbi, Borno and Benue state, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, Alhaji Kashim Shettima and Samuel Ortom respectively.

Although some of the governors participated in the 2014 confab, the group still insisted that the nature of the new confab they are advocating for was to rebuild and develop the North-East region which as we all know has been destroy by the terrorist group Boko Haram through their activities. Alhaji Mohammed Umara Kumalia said that the highest number of people below $2.00 are of the northern region backing up his statement with the report of the World Bank of 2013 that says 16 states out of the 19 northern states are suffering from poverty which has doubled itself since 1980.

The NRF members are calling on the Federal Government to convene another National Conference for the development of the North-East to put together a short, medium and long term vision for the development of the zone. The issue here now is, it is not expected of the All Progressive Congress to pick up from where the People’s Democratic party left off from. It has been requested of the All Progressive Congress to convene their own National Conference as in line with their own objectives and goals for the Nigerian society.

The group also commended the Dangote and T.Y Danjuma Foundations and encouraged that other individuals to participate in philanthropic activities in the Northern Nigeria. The Forum said it would encourage Northern states to deliver health care support and services by engaging existing structures and programmes such as indigenous Non-governmental Organizations, the National Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross and International Organizations for migration.

The Summit was also attended by representatives of the Northern Governors Forum, Civil Society groups, Corporate Organizations, NGO and key development Partners, such as DFID, World Bank, African Development Bank and the UN. Also, are representatives of the Central Bank of Nigeria, NEMA, National Population Commission, National Planning Commission among others, were present at the summit.

This summit would help in the development of the Northern part of Nigeria if these issues are addressed and tackled.

UN Seeks $30.5m funds for Refugees

The UN in carrying out her duties is in need of $30.5m for them to be able to provide for the increasing refugees as a result of Syrian crisis. This was stated in The Nations newspaper.

According to The Nations, ” The UN refugee agency is seeking an extra $30.5 million through the end of this year in an emergency appeal for financial help for Europe’s refugee crisis.”

Tuesday’s appeal by UNHCR comes as the agency projects that some 400,000 new arrivals seeking protection will have come to Europe via the Mediterranean this year compared to 219,000 last year and possible 450,000 next year.

The funds would supplement an $800 million budget for 2015 and 2016 for helping handle refugee flows to Europe.  The plan centers on 12 countries: Belgium, Bosnia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Malta, Macedonia and Turkey.

UNHCR has compiled322,500 arrivals across the Mediterranean this year, nearly half from Syria alone.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is calling the Syrian Conflict ” colossal tragedy for Syria and a shameful symbol of international divisions” that has led to today’s refugee crisis in Europe.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon told UN meeting about the need to protect civilians in conflict that “history’s judgement would be harsh.”  Ban urged the UN Security Council which has been deeply divided over Syria, to take action yo end the conflict based on 2012 road map to peace adopted by key nations I’m Geneva, which calls for formation of a transitional government with full executive powers.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujaric said over the past two days Ban has spoken to government leaders in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia and he appealed to them ” to be the voice of those in need of protection and to quickly find a joint approach to address their basic needs.”

The UN Chief has stressed that the large majority are running from war and violence and they have the right to seek for asylum, and he urged the leaders to stand against increasing xenophobic discrimination and violence against refugees and migrants.

The Syria crisis have prolonged to much and the UN needs the support of countries to help protect and serve the citizens of Syria that are affected by this crisis. We pray and hope that the efforts of UN and other organisations would prove fruitful and would help see the end of Syrian crisis.

#BringBackOurGirls – 515 Days and counting

Mothers are sad and depressed because of their missing daughters. Days are still counting and no news about our girls. Thursday, August 27th, marked another tragic milestone in the evolving barbaric narrative of the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency that has, over the last five years, claimed thousands of lives, particularly in the North-East of Nigeria, and rendered the region economically prostrate.

According to The Nations, it was exactly 500 days that day since the extremist sect invaded the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on the night of April 14, last year, abducting 276 girls who were preparing for their end-of-year Senior Secondary School examinations and carried them away in several trucks into the evil bowels of their Sambisa Forest fortress. But for about 57 of the abducted girls who were lucky to escape from their captors, nothing has been heard till date of the remaining 219 girls.

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