An Assessment of the Relevance of Adekanye's the Retired Military as Emergent Power Factor in Nigeria to Contemporary Nigeria/LE MILITAIRE A LA RETRAITE EN TANT QUE FACTEUR DE PUISSANCE EMERGENTE AU NIGERIA POUR LE CONTEMPORAIN NIGERIA: UNE EVALUATION DE LA PERTINENCE DE L' ADEKANYE

By Ntiwunka, Gift | Canadian Social Science, March 1, 2012 | Go to article overview

An Assessment of the Relevance of Adekanye's the Retired Military as Emergent Power Factor in Nigeria to Contemporary Nigeria/LE MILITAIRE A LA RETRAITE EN TANT QUE FACTEUR DE PUISSANCE EMERGENTE AU NIGERIA POUR LE CONTEMPORAIN NIGERIA: UNE EVALUATION DE LA PERTINENCE DE L' ADEKANYE


Ntiwunka, Gift, Canadian Social Science


Abstract

This article assessed the relevance of Adekanye's book titled "The Retired Military as Emergent Power Factor in Nigeria" to contemporary Nigeria. The eight chaptered book examined the growing power and influence of top retired military officers in Nigeria in every sector of the economy due to their wealth, ex-military connection, skill, prestige and experience. It posits that the military retirees are grouped into two contradictory categories, the growing rate of military retiree has been on the increase since 1966, the retired military are found virtually in every aspect of human endeavour and compete with those in the social group in political scene, and are fast emerging as new elite of power, with considerable influence in decision making that deals with issues of high politics. All these assumptions were correct except that few top military retirees have since 1999 emerged as the ruling elite and even though they are not physically in power now have to a great extent determined who occupied the site of power. The Peoples' Democratic Party which is the leading political party have been greatly influenced by these rich and influential retired military officers who at all cost ensure that their candidates win the elections. With the appointment of a new INEC chairman, the review of the electoral act, and the campaign for free and fair election, it is believed that a new set of elite will emerge that will awaken political development in Nigeria.

Key Words: Adekanye; Nigeria; The Retired Military as Emergent Power Factor in Nigeria; Political development

Résumé

Cet article a évalué la pertinence du livre Adekanye a intitulé "Le militaire à la retraite en tant que facteur de puissance émergente au Nigeria" pour le Nigeria contemporain. Le livre a huit chaptres examiné le pouvoir et l'influence des croissantes des meilleurs officiers à la retraite au Nigeria dans tous les secteurs de l'économie en raison de leur richesse,l' ex-militaire de connexion, la compétence, le prestige et l'expérience. Il pose en principe que les retraités militaires sont regroupés en deux catégories contradictoires, le taux croissant de retraité militaire a été en hausse depuis 1966, les militaires retraités se retrouvent pratiquement dans tous les aspects de l'activité humaine et de rivaliser avec ceux du groupe social sur la scène politique , et sont en passe de devenir la nouvelle élite du pouvoir, avec une influence considérable dans la prise de décision qui traite des questions de haute politique. Toutes ces hypothèses étaient correctes, sauf que quelques top retraités militaires ont émergé depuis 1999 que l'élite dirigeante et même si elles ne sont pas physiquement au pouvoir maintenant dans une grande mesure déterminée qui occupaient le site de la puissance. Les peuples «Parti démocrate qui est le principal parti politique ont été fortement influencés par ces riches et influents officiers à la retraite qui, à tout prix veiller à ce que leurs candidats à remporter les élections. Avec la nomination d'un nouveau président CENI, la révision de la loi électorale, et la campagne pour l'élection libre et équitable, il est estimé que d'un nouvel ensemble de l'élite émergera qui va réveiller le développement politique au Nigeria.

Mots Clés: Adekanye; Nigeria; Militaire à la retraire comme puissance émergente au Nigeria; développement politique

SUMMARY OF THE BOOK HIGHLIGHTING ADEKANYE'S POSITION

The primary objective of the book is to study systematically the growing power and influence of retired military officers in Nigerian society. According to the study, the traditional concept of civil-military relations in Nigeria as one involving the separation between the civil society and the military organization is outmoded, and must be replaced by a new one that view the lines between the two spheres as increasingly blurred. This is due to the growing size and the role of Nigeria's military population in the society. …

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