Civil-Military Agonies in Nigeria: Pains of an Unaccomplished Transition

  title={Civil-Military Agonies in Nigeria: Pains of an Unaccomplished Transition},
  author={Claude Emerson Welch},
  journal={Armed Forces \& Society},
  pages={593 - 614}
  • C. Welch
  • Published 1 July 1995
  • Psychology
  • Armed Forces & Society
The armed forces of Nigeria, in power for nearly three-quarters of the country'sindependent history, show little willingness to return to the barracks. Even if civilian rulewere restored, deep-rooted beliefs and practices will ensure that officers continue to playmajor political roles. The aborted 1993 presidential elections(generally regarded as fair anddecisive, but won by a candidate disliked by senior army leaders) manifested seriouslingering obstacles to military disengagement from… Expand
Taming the Monster
This article is an in-depth analysis of civil-military relations in Nigeria's nascent democracy. It chronicles the factors responsible for the Nigerian army's descent into the abyss—once aExpand
Control of Large-Scale Civil Conflicts in Democratic Nigeria
Abstract : This paper briefly examines the most intractable destabilizing malaise plaguing Nigeria i.e. control of the conflicts among the over 200 ethnic groups. Drawing from the basicExpand
Social Transformation and Military Leadership: The Nigerian Army and Fourth Generation Wars
Whereas military intervention in African politics has continued to receive scholarly attention (see Kieh and Agbese 2004; Souare 2014; Powell 2014), the internal leadership processes of the armedExpand
Civilianizing Military Rule: Conditions and Processes of Political Transmutation in Ghana and Nigeria
It is now widely accepted that, in many cases, the democratization process that began in Africa in 1990 has been crippled by several factors (Chazan 1994; Bratton 1994; Lemarchand 1992). TheseExpand
Consociationalism: Its Relevance for Nigeria
Studies by political scientists and theorists have identified ethnicity and ethnonationalism as potential obstacles to democracy and political stability in multiethnic states. Nigeria as aExpand
The Nigerian Armed Forces and Sexual Violence in Ogoniland of the Niger Delta Nigeria, 1990–1999
Ogoniland in the Niger Delta was subjected to excessive militarization during Nigeria’s military dictatorships. Nigerian Armed Forces used acts of violence and repression, including various forms ofExpand
The study examines the spate of ethno-religious crisis in Nigeria’s nascent democracy. The paper highlights a number of factors responsible for the malady which ranges from weak state status ofExpand
Military Interventions in the Nigerian Politics: 'A Timed Bomb' Waiting to Explode? The Avowal of a New Management Elites
Nigeria became an independent country in October 1 st 1960 after about a century occupation by the British colonial masters. Unfortunately the military struck in January 16 1966 and ruled the countryExpand
Military Intervention in the Nigerian Politics and Its Impact on the Development of Managerial Elite: 1966-1979
The paper traces the evolution of the influence of the military governance in Nigeria on the development of managerial elite. It attempts a brief analysis of different coups that took place in theExpand
Armies and Democracy in the New Africa: Lessons from Nigeria and South Africa
Abstract : The authors discuss the democratization of Sub-Saharan Africa, and in particular, the role of the U.S. military and the Department of Defense in providing democracy support. They contendExpand