ARMED FORCES AND SOCIETY
The military has been the dominant institution of the
Nigerian polity since the mid-1960s when it became
The armed forces cannot rule the country indefinitely.
no civilian successor regime can ignore the military's
institutional demands and ultimate power to remove
authority. Long periods of military rule, concomitant
national resources, and the proliferation of linkages
military and the economy have expanded military roles and
pronounced public responses.
Data as of June 1991