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Demographic changes, growing unemployment, social media penetration, an interplay of religion and politics
provided the combustible mix for the Arab Spring. The Arab Spring has helped generate awareness about quality
of governance, legitimacy and relationship between state and society but is muted as it relates to its effects on
national security in Nigeria. Indeed, from a historical perspective, a direct effect of the Arab Spring on Nigerian
National Security is not obvious. The paper argues that the challenges facing national security in Nigeria is
independent of the Arab Spring but identifies some ripples from the Arab Spring that could create anxious
moments for national security planners in Nigeria.