The Role of the Military in Nigeria Politics

2607 Words May 25th, 2012 11 Pages
THE ROLE OF THE MILITARY IN NIGERIA POLITICS

BY
IRABOR IKECHUKWU EMMANUEL.
MPA 822.

THIS IS SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN PARTIAL FUFILLMENT OF THE AWARD OF DEGREE OF MASTERS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (MPA).
UNIVERSITY OF BENIN.

LECTURER
DR EBOHON
JANUARY, 2012

INTRODUCTION
The role of the military in Nigeria politics cannot be over looked. We are going to analyse this issue from 1966-1979, 1983-1999 and their role in present day democracy. The Federation of Nigeria, as it is known today, has never really been one homogeneous country, for its widely differing peoples and tribes. This obvious fact notwithstanding, the former colonial master decided to keep the
…show more content…
"This simple and seemingly innocuous action broke the last thread and split the last institution symbolizing Nigeria's nationhood and cohesion which had been regularly tampered with by the politicians since 1962.
Apart from this, none of the other recommendations was fully implemented except nullification of the unification decree. There was tension in all the regions. Lt. Col. Ojukwu was called under the auspices of Gen. Ankrah of Ghana in Aburi, Ghana. As it turned out, all the other members of the council except Ojukwu were too thrusting, too naive or too ill - prepared for the meeting. Therefore Ojukwu scored a vital goal in his ambition. Walter Schwarz remarked : "Ojukwu got his way with little effort, by being the cleverest. The aburi accor was not fully implemented by Gowon. All efforts to intervene by eminent Nigerians and well - wishers to Nigeria like Gen. Ankrah, late Emperor Hallie Selassie of Ethiopia and the late Dr Martin Luther King proved abortive. As a result of this and some other reasons,the civil warbroke out on 6th July 1967 and was fought till 10th January 1970.
Gowon was praised because of the way he handled the war.But refused to leave in 1976 as promised. This made muritahla take over and promised to run a triangulate government (army, navy, airforce). His administration was short due to his assacination. This saw Obansanjor taking over from 1975 to 1979.He promised to run on his predecessors policies but failed
Open Document