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Title

With fingers on the trigger: the military as custodian of democracy in Nigeria

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Third World Studies

Volume

9

Issue

2

First Page

220

Last Page

253

Abstract

Firstly, the paper seeks to explore the military's perceptions of its role in the Nigerian political economy. It then singles out one of these roles - the custodial role - and attempts to analyze the factors that have allowed the military to view itself as the custodian of democracy in Nigeria. The paper offers a critique of the custodial role and explores the contradictions which it creates in the Nigerian political economy. Finally, argues that democracy will remain an unattainable goal, so long as military officers dominate Nigerian politics, either as direct rulers or as "guardians' of democracy. -from Author

Original Publication Date

1-1-1992

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