Department of Political Science and Diplomacy
Nile University, Abuja
Phone No: 08099618866
Mbanusi, Emmanuel Chukwuemeka2
Department of Political Science
Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
Phone No: 08038942474
Department of Political Science,
University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Phone No: 08062960300
Ever since the attainment of self-governance more than three decades ago, Nigeria’sjourney toward a stable democracy has been continually interjected with a recurringspate of military coups d’état. Review of the political programmes of different militaryadministrations in Nigeria shows, though a causal relationship between military ruleand political development is hard to demonstrate, after twenty-seven years, the military has yet to demonstrate,that it has the panacea for Nigeria’s political problems. The paper examines the political economy of the Nigerian military and political development in Nigeria. Exploratory research design, documentary sources and qualitative descriptive methods of data gathering and analysis were adopted. Findings amongst others revealed that military rule in Nigeria tended to becharacterized by cynical disregard of democratic principles in both making andimplementation of policies. The paper also recommends amongst others that there is need to educate the militaryto willingly accept the reality of being subjected to control by the civil order.
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