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Good News – The Nigerian Military: Mighty On Paper? By Ozodinukwe Okenwa

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Good News – The Nigerian Armed Forces have had some magnificent and inglorious previous. Handsome historical previous when Fashioned Olusegun Obasanjo handed over energy to the unhurried Shehu Shagari following a democratic path of. Handsome moment when, following the sudden effectively timed loss of life of the barbaric despot, Gen. Sani Abacha, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar handed over energy to Olusegun Obasanjo ‘elected’ or selected as President of the nation. Apart from, our defense power had intervened gloriously within the heart of the Liberian/Sierra Leonean civil wars and the forced exit of Yahya Jammeh from energy in Banjul. All over again it had taken half gloriously in peace-retaining missions in many international locations outdoor our shores.Inglorious previous, on the quite quite a lot of hand, when the Nigerian Military hierarchy led by Gen. Yakubu Gowon plunged Nigeria into a civil battle within the unhurried 60s that killed tens of millions of Biafrans. The unhurried Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu (then a Colonel) and Gowon serene stand responsible of battle crimes for which none of them had atoned for.Inglorious moment additionally when coup d’etat after coup d’etat the hopes and aspirations of our founding fathers had been dashed on the alter of militia adventurism in our national political lifestyles. Generals Aguiyi-Ironsi, Murtala Mohammed, Ibrahim Babangida, Muhammadu Buhari and a host of others put their deepest pursuits above these of the nation by killing and overthrowing and enthroning themselves. By so doing they truncated civilian rule in assorted epochs stifling the civic enlighten and destroying the financial system.As of late, the Nigerian Military of enjoyment of yore has given manner to an military of occupation with a retired coup plotter now the democratically-elected President! Glory belongs to the previous as the militia institution has been bastardised and turned into into a regional power made up of mostly Hausa/Fulani excessive repeat. Esprit-de-corp is now a thing of the previous as primordial ethnic, spiritual and regional considerations dictate who gets what and who gets promoted or demoted or retired.Penultimate weekend a London-essentially based fully Economist magazine (founded over a hundred years ago!) had printed a scathing picture on the Nigerian militia and the battle on alarm. The unhealthy article became titled: “The Crime Scene at the Heart of Africa; Insurgency, Secessionism and Banditry Threaten Nigeria”. In it the magazine pulled punches labelling our military as one most attractive mighty on paper! It said that the forces had been stuffed “with immoral Generals and unable to provide protection to the country from the mutating violence”.

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