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The Nigerian Military As A Transformative Social Force : Contradictions And Latency

Agara, Tunde and Fayomi, Oluyemi Oyenike (2013) The Nigerian Military As A Transformative Social Force : Contradictions And Latency. Crawford Journal of Bus. & Social Sci, iii (2). pp. 73-94. ISSN 2141-9094

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The orthodox Marxist prescription for a socialist revolution hinges on certain factors that must be on the ground before any socialist revolution can successfully take place. Among these factors are the capitalist mode of production, class consciousness and antagonism, revolutionary party acting as the revolutionary vanguard and the delineation of the society into two distinct classes each poised Q!t eliminating the other. The above brief discuss ion points to the }act that Nigeria is r~pe for a socialist revolution, perhaps with the exception that there is no revolutionary party, what other options are available? The answer to this is the military. The absence of a revolutionary party to lead the masses in a socialist struggle /has thrown up the military as an option. The debate as 10 the possibility of the military leading a socialist revolution in Third World Countries has been a protracted and heated one which has even led to two schools of thought within the Marxist paradigm. This paper discusses the two sltrands of the debate with emphasis on Nigeria. The paper concludes that !the possibility of the military becoming the last hope of emancipation qfthe masses .is dashed because of the existence of certain fundamenlral contradicltions which make the military apparatus an ins(!rument for perpetuating economic me·quality.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2015 21:10
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2015 21:29

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