Reinventing the Military as a Political Actor: Alternative Discourses of Civil-Military Relations in Nigeria

  • Jonah Isawa Elaigwu
Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)


After about 30 years of military rule (punctuated by brief periods of civilian rule) the Nigerian military handed over power to a civilian leadership in May 1999. Observers and Nigerians alike raised questions about the future. What did the future have in stock? What would be the new role of the military? How long would they stay in the barracks and what are the prospects of the “ballot box” rather than the “bullet box” getting grafted in the Nigerian political soil? Can the new civilian leaders regulate and control the behavior of the military, as their civilian masters? How alien to Africa, are the principles of an apolitical professional military and civilian supremacy? What new roles does the military play in the democratic polity? To what extent would the military be accommodated satisfactorily in the new democratic arrangement? In what structures and through what processes does the military exert its weight as political actors and how?


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Governance and Social ResearchJosNigeria

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