Monday, 12 December 2016

Let us put an end to the danger of 'excessive Militarism' in our politics

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"Weak bodies and hateful minds can create a theoctatic military rule, not a prosperous and awakened democratic society. Politicians will spend the most on education, health, infrastructure, music and the arts while being ruthless towards mischief makers, whether terrorists or insurgents of any hue"- TARUN VIJAY

All over the world, there has been a growing demand to end militarism in politics. Nigeria is unfortunate to be a victim of excessive militarism in politics. Since 1966, militarism has been a huge challenge to Nigeria's politics where they lay claim for reward with the country's top job, a disservice to democratic governance.

The recent election of President Muhammadu Buhari has proved that this is the time to break that tradition and pave the way for well qualified people to steer the ship of the country. His  authoritarian governance style has streghtened the case for breaking this dangerous trend. Military powers is desire to dominate others and inflict on the nation hate and extremism.

 This dispensation has witnessed the worst  democratic governance in history with reckless policies of discrimination and division, poor executive-legislature relationship, abuse of anti-corruption, abduction of judges, gross human rights abuse, the worst election management in history, collapse of basic infrastructure, the worst economic history, collapse of education and health infrastructure, the highest level of insecurity, opposition clampdown, violent hate crimes, total disregard to the rule of law, court orders 'defiantly and sadistically' ignored, military occupation of the South East etc.

According to Tim Montgomerie, a President "who comes from a civilian background is less likely to succumb to the danger of excessive militarism-of seeing every problem as a nail because the tool you have used during all your life is a hammer..., while only generals should micromanage their battle fields operations, civilians tend to be better judges of how to manage budgets and to use the diplomatic and economic instruments of statecraft"
"Skills like diplomacy are not easily grasped and the military are not equipped to "practice the art of compromise that is essential to democracy"

Our legislators should do more to reform the 1999 Military constitution to enhance "proper separation of military and civilian power" so that Nigerians can enjoy a stable democratic experience that guarantees freedom. Now is the time to act as we seek national solutions to the nation's problems.

Uche Okeke
http://zurumnews247.chayns.net/tapp/index/91958

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