Friday, March 6, 2015
Military and politics in Nigeria.
The military is in its third week of the renewed fight against Boko Haram, an operation used as rationale to delay national elections. The long and bitter campaign against the militants has inflicted significant damage to military morale and prestige. It has contributed to growing divisions between military ranks, at a time when army officers are getting increasingly involved in the political sphere. The elections rescheduled for March 28 (presidential and parliamentary) and April 11 (gubernatorial) may begin to highlight the risks of the military's fragmentation.