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Leadership failure and the challenge of insecurity in Nigeria: An appraisal of the Buhari’s Administration (2015 – 2023)

Solomon B. Adekunle
Fidelis Moses Alokpa


This paper discusses the relationship between leadership failure and the challenges of insecurity in Nigeria. The particular focus is on the administration of Muhammadu Buhari, (2015 – 2023). In order to achieve the objective of the paper, the study adopted expos facto research design, hence data for the paper were obtained from secondary sources and discussed through content analysis. Social contract theory was used as a framework to guide the discussion on establishing the nexus between poor leadership and national security. The study discovered among other things that despite the fact that the administration of Muhammadu Buhari promised to bring to an end, insecurity in the Northeast within the first six months of his assumption in office, leadership failure made the crisis linger, even up to the end of his administration and also snowballed into other regions of the country in a high degree. The study recommended among other things that Leadership should show strong political will in tackling security issues and challenges by bringing the culprits to justice.

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