The Military in Nigerian Politics


  • Ademola David Oluwabiyi Covenant University
  • Moses Metumara Duruji


Nigeria, Military, Politics, Government


The colonial system adopted by British colonialists was a composition that kindled discord among Nigerians, but with the false notion of oneness.  The consequence of this composition was evident in high levels of tribal sentiments and stratification, and despite the fact that these challenges existed in the pre-independent Nigeria, it had become increasingly evident since the first half-decade of post-independent Nigeria.  Therefore, independence and the flagging of the republic in 1960 and 1963 respectively, greeted Nigeria with more complex puzzles to solve.  Subsequently, the military forced its way into the political frame of Nigeria through a coup.  This paper (Military in Nigerian Politics,) therefore seeks to provide analysis of military regimes through historical and descriptive lenses.  It employs secondary data sources in achieving this objective.  In the work, it could be observed that although military regime recorded some successes, it was however crazed with problems of various magnitudes such as abuse of human rights, economic decline and corruption among others.  This military configuration naturally provoked international condemnation which led to its decline and final return to democracy.


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