- A former Kaduna senator, Shehu Sani, has made a shocking revelation about the re-emergence of coups in Africa
- Sani listed internal issues such as the destruction of democratic values and election rigging as some of the reasons leading to the rising re-emergence of military takeovers in West African countries
- The former deputy chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs in the 8th Assembly identified the third major reason as the issue of insecurity
Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, Sani, a former senator, frowned at what he considers the increasing re-emergence of juntas in Africa, especially in the West African sub-region.
He frowned at the takeover of democratic government by the juntas and the politics they play but maintained that they keep recurring because the conditions were being created for them to return, PremiumTimes reported.
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“Coup d’etats are internal issues and they do not happen within a day. Conditions are created for the military to take over power."
Five reasons for a military takeover in Africa
The former lawmaker gave reasons for juntas taking over governments in Africa.
- Destruction of democratic values.
- Economic in-equity and inequality. There is so much poverty in the land. And when you have poverty, you have social dislocation and social crisis.
- The issue of insecurity.
- The fourth has to do with the fact that there is no coordinated attempt to save democracy in Africa. So, the coup in Niger could have been prevented if democracy was saved.
- There are issues regarding the election of Niger’s ousted president Mohammed Bazoum which ECOWAS and the African Union (AU) closed their eyes to.
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Mr Ojo noted that the only solution available for Tinubu and other West African leaders at the moment is a diplomatic and political solution.