The book, ‘Developing A Security Conscious Mindset’ is one of the most valuable contributions to solving Nigeria’s lingering security challenges. It is a must read for anyone who is really concerned about Nigeria’s security issues.
In his foreword to the book, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General LEO Irabor, described it as “a scholarly piece of work which focused on security education in Nigeria”. He noted that “The authors observed a general lack of individual security consciousness in the country and considered this as an anomaly to the overall security architecture”. He further noted that “The authors were able to conceptualize security and elaborate on the need for everybody’s participation to ensure its effectiveness, They went further to give detailed examples of security breaches and valuable tips in preventing/addressing them. The book was also dynamic to address the increasing spate of kidnapping in the country by providing tips to avoid being a victim, and to survive an ordeal of being a victim. The focus of the book is therefore considered topical and germane to the current security situation in the country.”
Below are few words about the book, as written on the blurb, and introductory lines on the authors.
The rising wave of insecurity today has brought to the fore, the reality that security is everyone’s concern. The need for a secure and safer society is therefore ever more important as globalisation continues to break barriers of distances and foster integration of people. This book presents a lucid and simple introduction to the subject of personal security and its relationship with the mindset of the individual. At its core, the mindset of an individual is a powerful tool that could create a false sense of security or indifference if one’s situation is not objectively evaluated. “Developing a Security Conscious Mindset”, takes readers through this delicate journey in their most basic forms. It will help readers see the pitfalls in their lack of security awareness and the implications of their otherwise overlooked actions. The authors weave an electrifying combination of simple security strategies and psychology with their personal experiences in the military and study of human mindset/behaviour in this masterpiece. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond mere passive reaction towards security matters to the next step; contributing to the achievement of a safer and more secure society.
Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy on 24 September 1984 as a member of 36 Regular Course. He obtained a Bachelors’ Degree in Economics from the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1988, a Post Graduate Diploma in Transport Management in 2006 and a Master’s Degree in Transport Management (Logistics Option) from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State in 2008. Vice Admiral Gambo attended the National Defence College in the Republic of South Africa in 2012. He is a Fellow of the Certified Institute of Shipping (FCIS), member United States Naval Institute (USNI), member Institute of Safety Practitioners (ISP) and member International Institute of Professional Security (UPS) among others. In his illustrious career, he served at the Office of the National Security Adviser as Deputy and Acting Director, Defence Affairs as well as Director of Procurement at the Defence Space Administration among other appointments before he became the Twenty Third Chief of Naval Staff of the Nigerian Navy in January 2021. Vice Admiral AZ Gambo is happily married to Hajiya Nana Aishat Gambo and blessed with children.
Abiodun Adebayo Isreal Adebanjo was educated at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Nigeria with a Master’s Degree in Political Science. His area of Interest is “Analysis of Behaviour in Political Settings” with a focus on “Corruption as a phenomenon”. He successfully veered away from the run-of-the-mill institutional and structural challenges of the phenomenon to the behavioural and relatively uncharted zone of the human mindset as the seed-kernel and the source of behaviour. As his noble contribution to the field of mindset and attitude change, Abiodun Adebanjo authored two books; “Developing the Right Mindset: The Mindset and Attitude of Achieving Goals” and “Developing the Anti-Corruption Attitude: The Precursor to Fighting Corruption in Nigeria”. He is a staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Department of Planning, Research and Statistics). Abiodun Adebanjo is married to Mrs Mary Ada Abiodun Adebanjo and blessed with children.
Enquiries on how to get copies of the book may be directed to the Office of the Chief of Naval Staff, Abuja.


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