Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. G. Chung

Second Advisor

Dr. O. Menard

Third Advisor

Dr. T. Thompson


A study of the political development in Nigeria should be seen and explored in the context of civil-military relations. The most myopic observer will understand why and how the military cannot be insulated from political process or the futility and inextricability of distinguishing the military from the civilians. In essence, with regard to Nigerian political development, two powerful institutions, i.e., the civil and the military have confronted, complemented and cooperated with each other. These two institutions have been fully entrenched prior to, and since, Nigeria received her independence from Britain --the former by the conventional and stereotypical notion of civilian supremacy over uniformed officers (which still lacks scientific validity over this asserted mandate to rule), and the latter by its exclusive monopoly over the instruments of force and coercion.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Gregory Ojiewulu Ucheagwu December, 1987