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Reasons why a military coup is now more difficult in Nigeria than in other African Nations

Written By: Linxcx

Change Is the only event that every human being must at some point in their lifetime come to terms with.

The force with which change occurs is a testament that the average human mind desire a constant alteration to its living conditions.

This natural force is evident in all spheres of life, dictating proceedings in societal elements like marriage, relationships, friendships and even leadership.

While marriage and relationships bring two or more people together in a union of equal rights, gains and privileges, leadership doesn’t offer the same for the parties involved as it usually creates an ecosystem which entails the association of a master and a subordinate.

The steep differences in the privileges that leadership Accord a leader and a follower has made it the most complicated element of the society.

The intricacies of holding on to a leadership position has also made it difficult for change to take place, making almost every transition or transfer of power a bloody process especially in countries where the political atmosphere assumes a monotonous dimension.

It is worthy to note that the last one and half years have seen many forceful transition of power in three African countries with the incumbent being forced to flee the country or made to cool off in prison.

The Recently deposed guinea leader

This unfortunate event, which is popularly termed “coup de’tat” is what philosophers refers to as a radical change.

With the instability and the appalling economic condition of Nigeria, some Nigerians who cannot wait till 2023 to witness a change in their fortune have been silently wishing that the same event could unfold in Nigeria. That is, president Buhari should be made to vacate his seat whether he likes it or not.

The reasons why this desire cannot be actualized are complex but they can be demystified in the following ways.

1. A loyal and a Monotonous Military institution.

It is no secret that the most important thing that every democratically elected leader should do first is to position the military hierarchy in such a way that his or her ideas become their ideas, and his or her orders become their must-do mandate.

The reason for this is because every actions of a democratically elected president is subject to heavy scrutiny and assessment by the other arms of government except for his or her military policies and orders.

In other words, it is over the military that the president has nearly absolute control hence the tag “commander in chief of the armed forces”.

The fact that majority of our democratically elected leaders have spearheaded Nigeria without any military coup is no coincidence as most them have military roots or have been backed by Godfathers of military roots.

It goes to say that no one understands the need to have a monotonous military formation than those who have adequate knowledge of what a strained relationship between the head of state/president and the military can do to the seat of power.

From Obasanjo to Buhari, the military under these ex generals have displayed utmost loyalty to their commander in chief. So it is not surprising when the whole country had to prevail on Buhari for more than two years for him to change his former service chiefs. He knew the value of loyalty in the military and couldn’t risk loosing one.

2. Regional sentiment is stronger than National unity in today’s Nigeria.

It would have been difficult for the military to depose three African leaders in the last one and a half years had it not been for the steep drop in the love and support from the people for these leaders.

The recently deposed leader of guinea became unpopular when he began to seek for a third term in office, a desire the people were not willing to Grant him.

The drop in love and the resultant chaos his desire ushered into the country served as an impetus for the military to successfully oust him from power. This only goes to show the power of National unity or one voice.

In Nigeria, it is extremely difficult to get the whole country to speak in one voice because of sectionalism and nepotism.

If a section of the country unite against a leader, be rest assured that other sections would be for the leader. This is because most Nigerians speak the language of self, tribal and regional interest over national interest.

If the whole country cannot unite to kick against a leader in the hope that his or her popularity drops, then there won’t be chaos or instability which would indirectly serve as an impetus for the military to step in and enforce a radical change.

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