Nigeria’s Democracy; What is its Stability?
Bola Tinubu, of Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress, claims that the rumors on a potential coup plot in Nigeria are unfounded due to the strength and maturity of the Nigerian democracy. However, the prospect of Christian vice president Yemi Osinbajo, completing Buhari’s term will continue to stoke sectarian tension. Continuing sectarian tension has fueled violence against Christians in Nigeria.Bola Tinubu, an influential leader of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, denounced suggestions that soldiers and politicians may be plotting a coup, saying democracy in Africa’s most populous nation is too mature to be overthrown.
Army chief of staff Tukur Buratai said last week that he’d received information that “individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers” to discuss a plot and warned that they should desist. “We had a warning that some people were trying to entice the military out of the barracks,” Tinubu said in a statement on Monday. “I say — don’t try it.”
The rumours of a plot surfaced as President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler, is in London receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment. Nigeria has had six successful coups and several failed putsches since gaining independence from the UK in 1960. Democracy returned in 1999, when former general Olusegun Obasanjo was elected president. Buhari’s victory in 2015 marked the first time the opposition had ousted a ruling party by a vote in the oil-rich nation.