POLICY BRIEF: REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF NIGERIA’S NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY 2019
In 2014, President Goodluck Jonathan signed and launched Nigeria’s first-ever National Security Strategy (NSS) to serve as the overarching national strategy document in framing the country’s pursuit of its national security. The NSS was presented as a framework for a holistic and more coordinated approach and response to security challenges in the country. The development of the 2014 National Security Strategy, which aimed “to guide, organise, and harmonise national security policies and efforts,” It identified key security issues and assigned approach, roles and responsibilities to government, civil society, private agencies and individuals in addressing them. The 2014 NSS rightfully acknowledged that “it has limitations of time and space”, while emphasising that “the issues that are so important to the security and existence of Nigeria as a nation may invariably change within the next few years. Therefore, there is the need to review any National Security Strategy document after a period of 5-10 years, so as to bring it up to date with the realities of the time”.