The Nigerian Military in Domestic Counterinsurgency Operations: A Study in Range of Military Operations, 1960-2017
Technical Report,14 Aug 2017,15 Jun 2018
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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The Nigerian military NM has actively intervened in domestic conflict spots across Nigeria between 1960 and 2017. The dynamic nature of domestic conflict in Nigeria, manifesting as insurgency, terrorism, riots, militancy, criminality, banditry, among others, has attracted a range of military operations ROMO from the NM. In the various deployments of the NM for counterinsurgency roles, ROMO has been determined by the intensity of violence. The effectiveness of the NM in ROMO has determined the duration and intensity of each domestic counterinsurgency in Nigeria. The study identified the basic challenge that faced the NM in domestic COIN was they were tasked to perform duties they are not properly trained and prepared for. The constraints faced by the NM in ROMO resulted from the need to change from conventional military roles to unconventional ones a change that required a minimum use of force and policinglaw enforcement duties. The study also identified the constabularization of the NM and the militarization of the civil polity as major outcomes of ROMO. The study submits that for the NM, ROMO appears demanding in terms of military professionalism.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Unconventional Warfare