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African Politics: Political Instability Can Only Be Prevented Through Good Governance, Says Prof.Odion

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A University Lecturer, Professor Sylvester Akhaine Odion, has said that political instability in Africa could only be prevented through good governance, advising policy makers to always make people central to policies at all time.

Odion, who is a lecturer at the Department of Political Science in Lagos state University (LASU), on Saturday at a book launch in Lagos, charged the ruling elite to focus more on people-oriented policy, saying that in democracy citizens are central to policy unlike in military rule.

” Government should always make policies that will uplift the people. Without that, there will always be instability. We need good governance, we need to make people central to policies in Africa”, said Odion.

While reviewing the book titled ‘ Military Intervention In African Politics’ authored by the Acting Head of Department of Political Science, LASU, Associate Professor Jimoh Bamgbose, Odion said the recent coup in Myanmar was indication of the resilience of military intervention in African politics.

The Professor described the intervention of the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Mali after the August 18, 2020 coup against the government of Ibrahim Keita as ‘Operationalisation of intolerance of military intervention in political process and the desire to consolidate democratic rule on a global basis’.

He added ” The Feburary 1, 2021 Coup d’etat in Myanmar and the August 18, 2020 coup in Mali against the government of Ibrahim Boubachar Keita underline two major political currents.

 

” One is the resilience of military interventionism in politics. And the other is the operationalisation of intolerance of military intervention in the political process and the desire to consolidate democratic rule on a global basis. To state differently, there is the enduring desire to replace the barrel of the gun with the ballot paper.

” Equally, the events also dramatised the interplay of the social forces in society that usually engender military incursion into politics captured in the extant literature.

” Jimoh Adele Bamgbose’s ‘ Military Intervention in African Politics’ articulates these issues in ways that underline their pervasiveness”.

Odion stated further ” Military Intervention in African Politics, a nineteen-chapter book is holistic in its approach to the subject. To background the depiction of the military and its foray into politics, the book looks at the traditional african societies and their military organisation.

” Historically, african societies wee patterned on the band, segmentary, acephalous, and centralised formations”.

However, the Chairman of the occasion and Executive Chairman of Badagry local government area, Mr Olusegun Onilude, said that the book would be instrumental to the understanding of the dynamics of african politics and that it would help in sharpening the horizons of the political elite on socio-political issues.

” The book is useful to politicians too because we can only learn from history. It will sharpen our political ideas and how to improve the lives of our people “, said Onilude.

Onilude, who thanked the participants for witnessing the book launch, eulogised the author for his intellectual contributions to the growth and development of knowledge.

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