oa The Constitution - The military factor in Nigerian democracy

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1595-5753



This article focuses on the phenomenon of retired military officers' involvement in politics and economy of Nigeria. Its attempts to provide reasons for their emergence as both a political and economic force in present day Nigeria. In particular, the article shows that this phenomenon of ex-military officers emerging as power contenders and holders is not accidental but has been consciously planned and executed by successive military Heads of State through the instrumentalities of state power. This article investigates this phenomenon where in spite of agitations to the contrary, the military seems to have, again, gained control of the Nigerian state and its democracy. It concludes that unless genuine democracy is allowed to take root in the polity, the presence of ex-military officers in the politics might become counterproductive to democracy and development.

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