SCIENCE-SYSTEMS AS A CATALYST TO SUSTAINABLE NATIONAL SECURITY IN NIGERIA
It is the duty of any government in power to secure and protect its citizens. Security is the pillar upon which every meaningful development in any nation is sustained. There is no nation without a security challenge, but the type of insecurity experienced among the nations and the way it is confronted differs. This research is centered on Nigeria with its multifarious security challenges that threaten its existence and has brought about backwardness in sustainable national development and threat to national security. These security challenges as highlighted are terrorism, herdsmen attacks, kidnapping, banditry, political violence, ritual killings, ethno-religious crisis, armed-robbery, militant groups and many more that have metamorphosed into a cankerworm that confronts the nations’ existence. These has created a porous security condition that challenges the national security and impedes development. The method proposed in tackling these security issues is the deployment of the right science-systems in the country to address these thorny security lapses trailing the nation. Specifically, science-systems will help enable intelligence, information technology which breads (information and network security, emergency response systems, integrating information), intelligent gathering and monitoring systems, strong and viable national database, energy systems, toxic chemicals and explosive materials, science and technology systems, and training of security agencies on national inclusivism.