Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Exercising authority in Abuja

When the top military leaders in a country are sacked, it would be normal to see that as a sign of crisis. Not true in Nigeria?

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan sacks military chiefs
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked his military high command, his spokesman Reuben Abati has said.

Mr Abati said Air Marshal Alex Badeh replaces Admiral Ola Ibrahim as the new chief of defence staff, the most senior post in the military...  
Air Marshal Alex Badeh
No reason was given but the dismissals come amid growing concern about the military's failure to end the Islamist-led insurgency in northern Nigeria…

Mr Abati said the new appointments would come into effect immediately.

The president had briefed the leadership of the National Assembly on the changes "and will, in keeping with the provisions of the law, request the National Assembly to formally confirm the appointments when it reconvenes", he added…

BBC Nigeria analyst Naziru Mikailu says Mr Jonathan's decision does not come as a complete surprise because there is a tradition in Nigeria of sacking military chiefs.

It seems Mr Jonathan wants to show he is in charge, at a time when his leadership is being increasingly questioned within the governing People's Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2015 elections, our correspondent adds…

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