Parliament, Civil Society and Military Reform in Nigeria

  • E. Remi Aiyede
Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)


Nigeria marked her 50 years of independence in October 2010. More than three decades of this period were under autocratic military rule. The current experiment with democracy, the Fourth Republic, which commenced on 29 May 1999 when retired General Olusegun Obasanjo was sworn-in as president, is the longest attempt of practicing democratic governance in the history of the country. Indeed, the successful transition from one democratic government to another in 2007 and the peaceful transmission of political power following the death of President Umar Musa Yar’Adua, a Muslim from the North to his Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the South, in controversial circumstances without the intervention of the military marked a watershed in the institutionalization of democratic processes and the subordination of the military to civil control.


Civil Society Armed Force Democratic Governance Defence Policy Southern African Development Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria

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