Okiro challenges African leaders on security

By Lekan Bilesanmi

Former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Sir Mike Mbama Okiro, has challenged African leaders to modify their concepts of security as panacea to sustainable development, and to include in their security agenda  non–conventional threats to the well-being of their peoples.

In a lecture he delivered at the Caledonian University, Glasgow, United Kingdom, the former IGP noted: “The   purpose is to ensure that the continent benefits immensely from the advantages of the emerging African market. I consider it expedient as a security professional to say that it will be very necessary for African nations to modify their concepts of national security as well as their security agenda to include the various non – conventional threats to the well being of their people.

The purpose is to ensure that the continent benefits immensely from the advantages of the emerging African market. We should remodel our national security policies to reflect the need to promote security and democracy in Africa for sustainable development.”

The lecture was an annual Scottish-African International Business Conference and Exhibition 2013, held at Govan-Mbeki Conference Center of the Caledonian University.

Choosing “Re-thinking Global Security: An African Perspective” as his topic, the former IGP disclosed that, since globalization has evolved to become a paradigm for understanding international relations, and an analytical tool with which to interrogate global governance, trans-national policing, global peace and (in) security, and international criminal justice, his topic is within the context of globalization, to make room for the United Nations’ option for crime prevention and control.

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