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Integrating the Interior Ministry through Sports

Sports have over the years, proved its formidability in building bridges of friendships among people, groups and organizations. Some years back a program code named ‘bringing the divides’ was initiated in South Africa to bring communities together using basketball. An assessment of the program showed that the majority of the participants expressed fewer racial stereotypes and less racism compared to communities that did not participate in such program.

Relating this experience to the nation’s internal security challenges the Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt General (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau has observed the need to institute the culture of espirit-de-corps amongst security personnel, especially officers in the junior cadre. This he observed will promote friendliness, team spirit and unity amongst the various services in charge of internal security in the Country. It will also help eliminate professional envy and culminate in the brilliant sharing of intelligence necessary for effective tackling of criminalities.

Dambazau a former Chief of Army Staff and one of Africa’s celebrated scholars in the field of criminal justice was appointed late last year by President Muhammandu Buhari to restructure the nation’s internal security sector. On assuming office to supervise an enlarged interior ministry, which now has the Police in addition to other agencies such as the Immigration, Prison Service, Civil Defense, and Federal Fire service, he saw the need to tactfully integrate these agencies to build a formidable internal security structure. With the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps complimenting the Police in tackling rising security concerns, and Immigration Services manning the nation’s border posts, he noted that criminality will be greatly reduced when these services form alliance among themselves and that one of the simplest ways to achieve this objective is through the introduction of what is tagged Interior games that will bring together officers from the various services within the ministry..

The maiden edition of the Ministry of Interior games is expected to take place sometime in October, 2016. in appreciation of the tangential role of security services in fostering development and peace in the society, His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Governor Nasir El-Rufia has promised to play host to the sporting feistier in Kaduna State.

Dambazau’s ingenuity in coming up with this Sporting initiative lends credence to the theory of structural functionalism propounded by Emile Durkheim. This theory sees the society as a complex system whose parts work together to promote stability and solidarity of the entire system. Concern about the need to have a water- tight security for the nation, the interior minister believes that the forth coming Ministry of Interior games will help build the much needed synergy among the various component services within the ministry. It will also help in inculcating the culture of discipline, hard work, team spirit and physical fitness as embedded in sports.


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