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Reasons For Military Intervention in Nigerian Politics

Reasons For Military Intervention in Nigerian Politics

If you are wondering why we are posting on ” Reasons For Military Intervention in Nigerian Politics “, Since the attainment of political independence on the 1st of October, 1960, the nation’s democratic reigns have been tampered with by the military. Some for reasons they portray as an action that must be carried out to save the nation from the hands of a few holding it to ransom, while some are just plain ones that don’t have clear, concise reason for it known by the masses. This led us to this post on Reasons For Military Intervention in Nigerian Politics

Military Intervention in Nigerian Politics

The first high scale of this military intervention in the Nigerian politics was carried out in January 1966. This coup was led by Major Chukwuma Nzeogwu claimed corruption was what led to the corruption.

Here’s an excerpt from his speech

” our enemies are the political profiteers, the swindlers, the men in high and low places that receive bribes and demands 10%, those that seek to keep the country divided permanently so that they can remain in office as ministers or VIPS at least, the tribalists, the nepotists, those that make the country look big for nothing before international circles; those that have corrupted our society and put the Nigerian calendar back by their words and deed “

Reasons For Military Intervention in Nigerian Politics

Reasons For Military Intervention in Nigerian Politics

The adulteration of the Nigerian political atmosphere by the Nzeogwu led team led to other series of coups and counter coups that had left an unhealed scar in the Nigerian political system till date. Let attempt to give reasons for the Military intervention in the Nigerian politics.


  • 1. Corruption of the Civilian Government

Corruption had always been the problem of Nigeria. It never started today and I doubt if it would thin into the air overnight. This had been a major reason (as portrayed by the military) for incurring into the political system. Major Kaduna started it, one time Head of State and now the democratically elected president of Nigeria, President Muhammed Buhari also did it when he overthrew the corruption ridden Shagari Government. Others also gives reason for their actions being directly or indirectly related to corruption. It is however important to note that some elements of corruption in the Nigerian Military is also attributed to this.

  • 2. Incompetence of leaders in administration

Incompetent leaders are at the apex of leadership in the country. This is fostered by the “he is one of our own” mentality and ” the connection mantra ” that had taken over the country. This is evident in the political parties we had, when a particular party is meant for Northern Nigeria, another for the Yoruba dominated Western region and the other for the Igbo dominated Western region. This means incompetent leaders are voted in because of their religion or tribal affiliation. With this kind of ill system in place, incompetence became the other of the day and the Nigerian Military at some times had to intervene to save the nation from the incompetent hands.

  • 3. Failure of an administration to provide basic amenities for the masses

Due to the above mentioned reasons, provision of basic amenities like portable water, basic health and sanitary facilities and conditions, roads, etc are just like a nightmare. This in turn get the political atmosphere tensed and the Nigerian Military come on board to remedy the situation.

  • 4. Electoral fraud by Politicians

The Nigerian political system is synonymous to fraud (apologies) with numerous politicians trying all they could to make sure they are declared winner. In such case when the rights of the masses is not granted, this normally lead to a tensed atmosphere and the military sees intervention as a way of calming things down.

Despite all these, intervention is not the way out. The Nigerian Military could have draw out another strategy (a better one of course) to bring the civilian Government in order.

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Updated: August 12, 2017 — 10:07 pm


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