Saturday, 07 April 2012 21:54

Another Proof That Attempting A Coup In Nigeria Is Very, Very Stupid

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I wrote last week that a coup in Nigeria would be a bad idea. If there were any doubts the successful and now failed coup in Mali is proof enough. The misguided soldiers were successful in their efforts to oust the civilian government, but just two weeks into their administration; they have been overthrown by their neighbors using mere economic guns. That is the faith that awaits other ambitious soldiers.

Civilian governments around the world have formed the most ambitious program to frustrate military men with political ambitions. Its slogan is an attack on one is an attack on all of us. If any soldier is desirous for the head of state position, he must first resign his commission and queue behind other ambitious people in a political party. That is the future and we are seeing it.

The major reason why the Mali attempt failed is that before the military leaders could consolidate, the Tuareg Rebels (MNLA) moved and seized northern Mali territories they want to constitute into an independent nation and declared independence. Suddenly the dissident captain had three major wars on his hand: one with the rebels, another with those loyal to the deposed leader and a third with their neighbors. This would be an impossible military assignment to any military outfit.

That would be the story of any military coup in Nigeria. With Boko Haram armed and ready, with MENDS armed and ready, with ODUA (OPC) trained but not quite armed but could be armed in a hurry and with MASSAOB organized, trained and experienced, even though not armed any coup would find that it has to engage in at least four wars at the same time. Not counting the troops loyal to the deposed president and not counting on ECOWAS’ forces.

The lesson for those urging the military to intervene in Nigerian affairs is that the days of military intervention are gone. The soldiers are now confined to barracks (CB) and required to take orders from their civilian leaders as it should be. If any one wants to replace Mr. Jonathan or Mr. Sambo or come 2015, Mr. Ojo, that soldier would be forced back to barracks in at most two weeks if not sooner. And he would be facing Court Martial and codes of military justice. Meanwhile, Kaduna, Enugu, Port Harcourt, and Lagos would be new national capitals.

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba


April 7, 2012

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Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba  currently lives in Medfield, Massachusetts.