In the first forty-five years of independent Nigeria, civilians ruled only sixteen years. Two thirds of the forty-five year time period, Nigeria was under military rule, by six different generals, some more brutal and greedy than others. The current period of civilian rule, starting in 1999, is the longest one. We hope it will continue but must be forever mindful that Nigeria is still an unstable country with strong tendencies to fall apart. When that threatens, the military takes over.
|1966 (January)||Balewa (Hausa) Killed||Ironsi (Igbo)|
|1966 (July)||Ironsi, Killed||Gowon (Anga)|
|1975||Gowon, deposed||Mohammed (Hausa)|
|1976||Mohammed, Killed||Obasanjo (Yoruba)|
|1983||Shagari (Fulani), deposed||Buhari (Hausa)|
|1985||Buhari, deposed||Babangida (Gwari)|
|1993||Babangida, deposed||Abacha (Hausa)|
Questions to Consider:
- How does Nigeria demonstrate preatorianism?
- Is Nigeria a failed state?
Nigeria’s parliamentary government was rendered ineffective in 1966 by a _____________ _______.
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