Military government is a system of governing in which the armed forces capture and control the government by force.
‘In January 1966, a group of young Igbo army officers shot down some of their brother officers and seized control of the army. They killed the Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, and the Premiers of the Northern and Western regions, Ahmadu Bello and S.L. Akintola, together with other leading persons because the rebels felt that these leaders were using their power unfairly and corruptly to the disadvantage of the Igbos in the Eastern region.’
It is in this lucid manner that this book will teach you military government in Nigeria.
It clearly traces the origin of military government in Nigeria. It gives a brief history of military government in Nigeria from 1966 to 1999.
It clearly explains the striking features of military government in Nigeria.
It analyzes the good and bad sides of military government in Nigeria.
It discusses the reasons for military intervention in the politics of Nigeria.
It appraises the structure of military government like the Military Head of State, Supreme Military Council, National Executive Council, and Military Governors.
It throws light on the achievements of military government in Nigeria.
It explores the problems and criticisms of military government in Nigeria. They include corruption, obnoxious laws, dictatorship and lack of accountability.
And it lays emphasis on the transitions to democratic governments in 1979 and 1999 respectively.