Nigeria’s counter-terrorism policy
Paradox or (sp)oiler of civil society activism?
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This chapter focuses on one of the fundamental issues in Nigeria since 9/11, as it relates to the role of counter-terrorism (CT) policy in civil society growth, development, and activism. The relationship between the Nigerian state CT policy and civil society is approached from two angles: the nature of the “Global War on Terror” (GWOT) and the ways the Nigerian CT approach has impacted, negatively or otherwise, on the civil society. The event of 9/11, the article notes, ushered the international community into a new realm of collective actions against terrorism. At the national level, many countries have since then developed and introduced CT policies with the goal of confronting and combating the problem head-on. In Nigeria, the government has put in place a number of measures, including the enactment of terrorism prevention and anti-money laundering laws, as well as various other strategies, which have generated serious concerns with respect to how they limit and constrain the activities of civil society groups. However, it is noted that the prospects of a beneficial, mutually reinforcing relationship between civil society and state CT policy cannot be entirely foreclosed, but it would require a redesigning of the current CT structures and a reorientation of the civil society along the new paradigm in security-development thinking.

Counter-terrorism and civil society

Post-9/11 progress and challenges

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