The Army Haven’t Returned to The Barracks

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We are able to recall that our nice Nation, Nigeria, gained political independence on the first of October, 1960. I solely talked about “political independence” right here, for a specific cause. Effectively, that is a subject for one more dialogue. Nigeria turned impartial because of the incessant efforts and wrestle of Its most interesting intellectuals. They embrace; Funmi Ransome kuti, Jaja Wachukwu, Adedoyin, simply to say just a few. They have been on a mission to rescue Nigeria from the claws of European colonialism. They even addressed the British Delegates in full “Agbada” and different native attires. Finally, their effort paid off. Nigeria turned an impartial Nation in 1960.

In 1960, Nigeria had its first Republic, having the British Parliamentary type as its type of Authorities. At the moment, issues regarded so good, however the desk was circled when a struggle between Awolowo and Akintola, erupted within the Western Area. A particular commissioner, Coker, was assigned to analyze the problem. He (Coker) found the corrupt practices of Awolowo, cash looting and an try and overthrow the Balewa Authorities. He (awolowo) was instantly charged with treason which led to his imprisonment. It was time for election, however sadly, it was massively rigged. Younger troopers watched in disgust, how poll bins have been being stuffed and elections have been being rigged by our so known as mental politicians. All these, swept the Military into energy, which introduced in regards to the first Coup in Nigeria.

Army rule in Nigeria lasted from 1966 to 1998. Throughout this era, Nigerians have been below the dictatorial management of a number of Heads of states, chronologically together with: Generals Aguiyi Ironsi, Yakubu Gowon, Murtala Mohammed, Olusegun Obasanjo, Mohammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, Sani Abacha, and Abdulsalam Abubakar, who later accomplished the political transition to civilian rule, a transition that had been performed earlier, ensuing to the second and third Republic.

Initially, Nigerians have been so welcoming of the navy, whose intention was to “clear up the Nation”. Finally, the navy proved to be simply as dangerous and corrupt because the politicians have been. Because of this, Nigerians started to mount strain on the navy, to revive energy again to the civilians once more. Finally, energy was restored again the politicians in 1999, below the management of Normal Abdulsalam Abubakar, which ushered within the fourth and current Republic. At this stage, we will safely say the Military have returned to the barracks. However the difficult questions are; have they actually returned to the barracks? Is Nigeria nonetheless below the management of navy officers(who are supposed to defend the state) or of civilians?

It’s fairly unlucky that the next leaders of the fourth Republic, have been the previous Heads of state, who dominated Nigeria throughout the navy period. Infact, I’d argue that these so known as leaders within the fourth republic, have been chargeable for bringing corruption into Nigeria, which has continued to dug the Nation until date. The doubtful, corrupt and dictatorial practices of those retired navy officers and Generals (who should be coaching youthful navy officers), introduced Nigeria into the political turmoil that we’re all experiencing immediately. No marvel the nice Musical Icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti stated, “the identical previous politicians wey spoil Nigeria earlier than, na dem dey there now”. Actually, it’s extra shocking that these retired navy Generals who turned Presidents within the fourth republic, promised once more to wash up corruption and indiscipline within the Nation. A promise which all of them made, and ultimately failed. If that they had fulfilled their guarantees, Nigerians would not have been so desirous to return to civilian rule. But, Nigerians nonetheless consider within the guarantees of those retired navy Generals.

My panacea to this Nigerian sickness, is the total implementation of Plato’s Superb State, the place Thinker kings are to rule, Auxiliary troopers (retired and serving navy Generals) are to guard the State, and the Artisans (civil servants) are to successfully perform their societal duties. I will additionally suggest {that a} effectively structured management Academy, needs to be established (if it hasn’t been established earlier than, or taken significantly). This management Academy, will admit solely Presidential, Governorship and Senatorial Aspirants. They are going to be skilled in management expertise by overseas and native Tutors, and when it’s time for elections, solely college students(Presidential, Governorship and Senatorial Aspirants) who graduated from this management Academy, shall be allowed to contest for sure management roles in Nigeria. After all, the present age restrict for these management Aspirants, which is 30years, additionally apply to this management Academy, as regards its admission.

Therefore, with these little and drastic reforms, Nigeria can ultimately eradicate corruption from Its pouch, by sending the Military again to the Barracks, ensuring that they continue to be there and discharge their protecting duties successfully.

Source by Wale Giwa

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