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Title:Political Transitions, Crime and Insecurity in Nigeria
Author:Ahonsi-Yakubu, Anthonia
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
military regimes
civil-military relations
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Military, Defense and Arms
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Power (Social sciences)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43661156
Abstract:Transitions from military to civilian rule have been a major feature of the postindependence political landscape in Nigeria since the 1970s. These transitions have always been supervised by the military. They are inherently problematic and are perhaps incapable of installing a fully democratic system in Nigerian society. In general, the transition programmes have had a negative impact on the economic and sociopolitical stability of Nigeria. Since 1987, they have been associated with an unprecedented degree of crime and insecurity. A comparison of the Ibrahim Babangida transition (1987-1993) with that of Sani Abacha (1993-1998) indicates the probable connections between military-led political transitions and increased criminality and insecurity. Aspects of the Abdulsalami Abubakar transition are used to corroborate the hypothesis. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]