As Nigeria faces insecurity challenges, John Cambell, a former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, and a former Director with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Prof. Robert Rotberg, have said it is time for the United States to acknowledge that Nigeria is a failed state.
John Cambell stated this in an article titled, ‘The Giant of Africa is Failing’ which was published in the May/June edition of ‘Foreign Affairs magazine.
In the article, he wrote Nigeria is in big trouble adding that if a state’s first obligation to those it governs is to provide for its security and maintain a monopoly on the use of violence, then Nigeria has failed as a country, even if some other aspects of the state are still function.
He noted that the government’s grip on power is being threatened by Islamist insurgent criminals and separatists. In addition, the country is being plagued with rampant corruption, economic malaise, and rising poverty.
The article read in part, “Nigeria’s worldwide companions, particularly the USA, should acknowledge that Nigeria is now a failed state. In recognition of that truth, they need to deepen their engagement with the nation and search to carry the present administration accountable for its failures, while additionally working with it to supply safety and proper financial system.”
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