Achieving prosperity in Nigeria must go beyond Spending on Security

On November 2, 2023, the Nigerian senate approved President Bola Tinubu’s request for an additional ₦552.6 billion spending to fight terrorism this year. Nigeria continues to accrue budgetary deficits to purchase military weapons and bolster its security architecture at the expense of other critical sectors like education.

For Nigeria to sustainably address insecurity and achieve prosperity, aside from buying guns, the country must invest in robust education programs, upholding the rule of law and deepening democratic governance. Neglecting these other critical areas will keep the country insecure.

Between 2015 and 2021, Nigeria spent ₦8 trillion on defence. Yet, the 2023 Global Terrorism Index ranks Nigeria as the 8th country most impacted by terrorism globally…..

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