The Social Sciences

Year: 2016
Volume: 11
Issue: 6
Page No. 991 - 997

Improving Internal Security Management Through Reintegration of Traditional Institutions: A Case Study of Kano Emirate Council-Nigeria

Authors : Ahmed Aliyu, Ravichandran Moorthy and Nor Azizan Bin Idris

Abstract: Beginning from 1999, when Nigeria transited from military to civilian government, subsequent development indicates that the country’s national security has been facing serious internal challenges. Attempts by the security agencies to contain these challenges appear not to be effective. This has prompted calls and suggestions for re-assessing the management of the country’s internal security management. Among, the suggestions is the idea of reintegrating the country’s traditional institutions which had hitherto played a dominant role. This study, is therefore, conducted on the assumption that the reintegration of these traditional institutions will improve the country’s internal security management. Therefore, the central objective of the study is to find out how the reintegration of traditional institutions will improve the country’s security management. To this end, Kano Emirate Council is chosen as a case study based on its historical background in administration and security management. The study adopts a qualitative research design as its methodology using in-depth interview in soliciting primary data from purposively selected respondents. Findings of the study revealed that the strategic position of traditional institutions within the Nigerian social setting make them relevant in the management of internal security issues. In most cases, security agencies have to depend on the institutions for intelligence information which has helped in nipping some security threats in the bud. Traditional institutions also serve as conflict mediators by resolving ethno-religious disputes which could lead to serious security threats. Furthermore, traditional institutions can also help in building public trust on the security agencies.

How to cite this article:

Ahmed Aliyu, Ravichandran Moorthy and Nor Azizan Bin Idris, 2016. Improving Internal Security Management Through Reintegration of Traditional Institutions: A Case Study of Kano Emirate Council-Nigeria. The Social Sciences, 11: 991-997.

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