Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, July 17, 2015

Balance in Nigerian military appointments

This looks like another sign of change for the better.

Buhari Facing Deepening Boko Haram Threat
President Muhammadu Buhari has fired his top military chiefs as he scrambles to defeat Boko Haram militants…

Buhari appointed Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai as the new army chief of staff and Major General Babagana Monguno as the new national security adviser. Both are from Borno state.

The new defense chief is Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin and the new navy chief Is Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas. They are from the south of Nigeria. The chief of defense intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Morgan Monday Riku, is from the Middle Belt and the chief of air staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar, is from Bauchi state in the north.

By distributing the appointments evenly between Nigeria's mainly Muslim north and its mainly Christian south, Buhari has evidently sought to avoid allegations of partisanship leveled against his predecessor. Jonathan had named Christians to all but one of the positions…

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