The relevance of internal security to any country’s sustainable development has never been questioned. This is because without an enabling environment in which production,industrial activities and trade can take place and prosper; development would forever remain illusive. To achieve this, states, world over, devise security strategies and policyframeworks that ensure adequate security for their citizens and their properties. In Nigeria, the strategy adopted for this purpose is hinged on the conventional securitydoctrine (NNDP, 2006). The efficacy of this strategy to internal peace and stability isseverely limited as demonstrated at various times by the number of growing internalsecurity challenges – the Niger-Delta militancy, youth violence, armed robbery, thuggery,inter-ethnic violence and rivalry, cultism in institutions of learning, politically motivatedcrimes such as murder of political opponents, drug trafficking and abuse, petty crimessuch as burglary and pilfering.Understanding the place of other important indices of insecurity such as poverty as aresult of poor economic development, economic mismanagement and poor politicaldevelopment and leadership are ignored in this strategy. This situation leads to faultythreat assessment and non-efficacious measures of containing such threats. This paper examines the relationship between poverty and internal security. The objective is todetermine the influence of poverty on the growing prevalence of insecurity in Nigeria byapplying the analytic tools of integrative security approach.
FRAMEWORK OF ANALYSIS:
In most countries today, the thrust on the question of security centres on theconventional/militaristic doctrine that places premium on the physical security structure3