MILITARY DEFENSE PACTS IN AFRICA

(An Abridged Version) INTRODUCTION What is the Military Question? The military has an unrivaled capacity to project force. This makes it an important tool for asserting state authority, enforcing the rule of law, and protecting the nation against external aggression.  Unfortunately, such power, if not properly managed, can also pose a serious threat against civil authority …

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May 30, 1967

“I need not tell you what horror, what devastation and what extreme human suffering will attend the use of force.  When it is all over and the smoke and dust have lifted, and the dead are buried, we shall find, as other people have found, that it has all been futile, entirely futile, in solving …

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REVIEW: The New SOJA Magazine

For those who like to read such material, there is a huge international industry for military magazines.  In Britain for example, there are numerous military interest magazines.  They include Army publications like Armourer, British Army Review, Fort Guards Magazine, Honorable Artillery Company Journal, Journal of the Royal Artillery, Journal of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, Journal of the Royal …

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The Midwest Invasion of 1967: Lessons for Today’s Geopolitics

Text of a keynote speech delivered at the Nigerian Independence Day Celebration sponsored by the Nigerian Women Association in Columbia, South Carolina on October 3, 1998 at the Holiday Inn Express, 773 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29210. INTRODUCTION & BACKGROUND Thank you very much for inviting me to deliver the keynote address to the Nigerian community …

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The Key Players of the 1966 Rebellions-Where Are They Today?

PART 1 – January 1966 Mutiny MAJOR E. A. IFEAJUNA (Infantry/Signals) Major Ifeajuna, graduate of University College Ibadan, Mons Officer Cadet School trained,  was the overall leader of the January 15 mutiny and operational commander of Lagos activities.  Along with Major Okafor and Captain Oji he was a member of the original core of conspirators which …

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Review: 

New SOJA Vol 27 37/43 Apr – Jun 2003  The third issue of the newest magazine of the Nigerian Army, NewSOJA is in circulation.  Once again the Editorial team has produced an outstanding journal, printed with exemplary quality. The front cover is adorned with a dominant photograph of General Alexander O. Ogomudia (of the Signals Corps) handing over, as …

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