power. Little perceptible progress has been made. If the military is to take a more responsible and institutionalized administrative role rather than to persist in its haphazard interventionist habits, we may be advised to highlight the military's natural advantage and build its political capacity to more mature levels.50 Having observed the constant intrigues, dissension, and plotting in the ranks, a first step will call for a reorganization of the military's structure to meet the requirements of its new duties. We cannot expect the government to stabilize before the military is itself stabilized. The military reflects the lethal divisions of Nigerian society; and if the military cannot itself overcome its own problems, only the naive will persist in the fantasy of an optimistic future for Nigeria.