Impact of insecurity and corruption in the Nigerian security sector on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)

Background paper: Impact of insecurity and corruption in the Nigerian security sector on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
73rd UN General Assembly, New York, USA, Side Event
September 2018 Paper
presented by: Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre/ Transparency International Nigeria
Authors: Vaclav Prusa, Adeolu Kilanko

Abstract:

The ‘fantastically’ corrupt political class and detached establishment has contributed to the failing state in many parts of Nigeria. If the current trend of insecurity, lawlessness and instability continues, there are only very little perspectives that a meaningful progress can be achieved under the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Despite significant expenditures for the defence and security institutions, the Nigerian military, para-military, policing forces and law enforcers are notorious for poor discipline, lack of accountability and transparency and wasteful expenditure. This paper argues that unless radical reforms are undertaken to improve the efficiency and efficacy of the defence and security institutions, Nigeria’s socio-economic indicators will deteriorate with dire consequences for the stability of Nigeria. International community and political and military leadership must address plundering of the defence and security sector and stop politicizing the vital law enforcement institutions at the federal and state level before the country reaches a point of no return and meltdown of the social contract between the citizens and the government.

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