Opinion | How to Tackle Terrorism, Banditry and Rising Insecurity in Nigeria

By Mark Olise
How to Tackle Terrorism, Banditry and Rising Insecurity in Nigeria — Atlantic Post Op-Ed by Mark Olise

Terrorism, banditry, and rising insecurity are major challenges facing Nigeria today. These issues not only threaten the safety and security of citizens, but also have a negative impact on the country’s economy and development. In order to effectively tackle these problems, it is important to understand their root causes and implement targeted, holistic solutions.

One of the main drivers of terrorism and banditry in Nigeria is poverty. Many individuals and groups turn to these activities as a means of survival or to gain power and resources. In order to combat this, it is crucial to address poverty through economic development and poverty reduction initiatives. This can include investing in infrastructure, promoting job creation, and increasing access to education and training programs.

Another major contributing factor to the rise in insecurity in Nigeria is the presence of extremist groups, such as Boko Haram. In order to effectively combat these groups, it is important to address the underlying issues that fuel their recruitment and support. This can include addressing poverty and economic marginalization, as well as addressing issues of discrimination and marginalization of certain groups.

In addition to addressing underlying causes, there are also a number of specific measures that can be taken to tackle terrorism, banditry, and rising insecurity. This can include increasing funding for security and law enforcement agencies, strengthening border security, and implementing community-based policing programs.

It is also crucial for the Nigerian government to take a comprehensive approach to tackling these issues. This includes increasing coordination between security and law enforcement agencies, as well as engaging in dialogue and collaboration with other countries, regional organizations, and non-governmental organizations.

Furthermore, to tackle insecurity in Nigeria, another important aspect to consider is intelligence gathering, This means that having a well-coordinated, well-trained and well-equipped intelligence gathering mechanism which will help in detection and neutralization of plans by terrorist and bandits before it’s too late.

In conclusion, tackling terrorism, banditry, and rising insecurity in Nigeria requires a multifaceted approach. By addressing underlying causes, implementing specific measures, and taking a comprehensive, coordinated approach, the Nigerian government can work to improve the safety and security of citizens and promote economic and social development.

One important thing to note is that, in order to make any lasting progress in tackling these issues, it is crucial that efforts are made in partnership with the communities who are most affected by terrorism and insecurity. This means involving local leaders, community-based organizations, and civil society groups in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of initiatives aimed at addressing these problems.

In addition to this, the media should also be engaged in public enlightenment campaigns that will help the general public to be aware of the dangers and how they can protect themselves and also report any suspicious activities within their communities. This can help in preventing terrorist and banditry activities and also build a sense of community ownership over the safety and security of the area.