Why Military Can No Longer Take Over – Babangida

Ibrahim Babangida
Ibrahim Babangida

Former Military Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida, has expressed that military intervention in politics in the 21st century is an anomaly.

The former Head of State described any military coup in this era as a “stupid” move, while reacting to the ousting of President Ibrahim Keita of Mali by a coup.

Babangida pointed out that so many factors are against the military rule style, especially because it is no longer accepted globally.

He made these comments while speaking on Channels Television on Friday night.

IBB said, “Military intervention is an aberration and I don’t think we should encourage the military at all.

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“From about 1989 till now, things have changed. The whole world has embraced democracy, economic reform, open market and so on and so forth.

“There’s no place for the military in those things that are being accepted now. It is best done by politicians and the civilians so the world is becoming closer together.

“Only a stupid soldier will attempt a coup now because the moment you take over a government you find…if you are in West Africa subregion, ECOWAS will come after you, African Union will come after you, European Union will come after you, the superpowers will come after you and everything you have to do in terms development politically and otherwise will not be accepted until you belong to the comity of nations because you are not going to work alone.

“So if the whole and the United Nations say no ‘you have to run a democratic government’ anybody who tries to change will be sanctioned whether on UN level, AU level or ECOWAS level just like the situation in Mali.”


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