Sanusi Muhammad Lawal

Sanusi Muhammad Lawal
PhD, M.Sc., B.Sc.
Department of Political Science

Lawal Sanusi Muhammad is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Political Science at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna where he obtained his PhD in Defence and Strategic Studies. He joined the services of the Academy as a graduate assistant and rose to his present rank. He is a Research Fellow at the Yusufu Bala Usman Institute Zaria.

Dr Lawal is also currently serving as a resource person to the AFCSC Jaji and the Army Resource Centre Abuja. He is a Guest Lecturer at the AFCSC Jaji since 2018. Dr Lawal has been engaged in teaching and supervision at both under-graduate and post-graduate levels since 1997. He has presented papers at conferences in Nigeria. Dr Lawal is the Editor (with Prof Usman A. Tar and Dr Muhammed Lawal Tafida) of Securing Nigeria’s Democracy: Perspective on Democratic Control of the Military in a Fragile Democracy (NDA Press and Yusufu Bala Usman Institute, Zaria, forthcoming).

His areas of research interest include Peace and Conflict Studies, Public Administration, Gender, Development and Security Studies, Democratic studies amongst others.


1. Lawal SM, Ntagu, MP. (2021), Defence Planning and Policy Process: Strategies for Effective Management of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, in Academy Journal of Defense Studies Vol. 21, December, 2021.

2. Lawal, SM, Ntagu, PM, (2021), The Legislature and Stabilization of Democracy and National Development in Nigeria in Kampala International University Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 7 No. 4, December, 2021.

3. Adejoh, S, Lawal, SM. (2021), Interrogating Criminal Label and the Scourge of Insecurity in Contemporary Nigeria. In Kampala International University Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 7, No. 4. December, 2021.

4. David, NA, Lawal, SM. (2020). “Inconclusive Elections in 2019 Gubernatorial Elections in Nigeria: Critical Reflections on Issues and Implications for Democracy”. In NPSA Studies of Politics and Society; Vol. 9. No.1&2, December, 2020.

5. Lawal, SM (2018). Impact of Ethnic and Religious Conflicts on Women and Children in Nigeria, in Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Journal of Public Administration. Vol 7. No 1 January, 2018.

6. Lawal, SM (2011). Ethnic Violence and Nigeria’s National Security in KADA Journal of Liberal Arts Vol. 5 No 1. March 2011.

7. Lawal, SM (2008). Ethno – Religious Conflicts in Nigeria. (The Case of Kaduna State) in Ahmadu Bello University Journal of Administrative Studies. Vol 6 No 2. April 2008.

8. N.A. David and Lawal, SM (Forthcoming) Gender Vulnerabilities, Cattle Rustling and Armed Banditry in Northwest Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria (2010-2020), in U.A. Tar and B. Bala (eds), Routledge Handbook of Rural Violence in Africa, London, UK & New York, USA.

9. David NA, Lawal, SM (2021) “Gender, Counter-terrorism and Counter Insurgency in North East Nigeria” In Tar, UA. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency in Africa. London, UK & New York, USA: Routledge.

10. Lawal, S.M. and Audu, B.J. (2021), Traditional Institutions and Firearms in Africa: The Politics and Historiography of Small Arms and Conflict Management: In: U.A. Tar and C.P Onwurah (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Small Arms and Conflict in Africa. London, United Kingdom.

11. Lawal, SM (2016). “The Impact of Globalization on African Countries” In Tar, UA, Tedheke, MEU AND Mijah, BE (Ed) Globalization and Development in contemporary Africa: A Reader Kaduna: Kaduna: Pyla-MAK Publications Ltd 2016.

12. Lawal, SM and Tar, UA (2020). “The Evolution and Dynamics of Ethno-Religious Conflicts in Nigeria: Prospects of Kaduna State” in: Tar, UA (Ed) Prospective on Peace building, security and Development in Africa. Essays in Honour of Professor, RA Dunmoye, Academy Publishers, Kaduna.

13. Tar UA, Lawal, SM and Adejo S. (2020). “Mass Media and Islamophobia in Europe: Any lesson for Nigeria?” in: Tar, AU (Ed) Perspective on Peace building, Security and Development in Africa, Essays in Honour of Professor RA Dunmoye. Academy Publishers, Kaduna.