A UK based publication, Africa Confidential has published an analysis of the political situation in Nigeria and suggested that a military takeover of the government may be in the offing in the country.
The publication with says it has been ‘reporting on Africa since 1960’, claims that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North and other factors including a speculated inability of President Jonathan to overwhelmingly win the 2015 election may lead to the establishment of a transitional government headed by Senate President David Mark, who is a retired army general and close ally of former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida.
According to the analysis, “Instead, political confidence in his government is declining and there have been ominous rumblings in the military. Some politicians in Abuja think that Jonathan won’t win the PDP presidential nomination for next year’s elections, while others say he won’t even manage to hold on to power until the vote.”
The report goes further to say, “That leaves other messier options. There is much interest in the plans of Senate President David Mark, a veteran ally of General Ibrahim Babangida, whose coup-making days go back to the 1970s and 1980s. Mark has taken a noticeably harder line on Boko Haram than his counterparts at the top of government.”
The analysis has been dismissed by a close senior aide to President Jonathan as ”absolute nonsense”. He told The Trent that as 2015 draws near, ”Unknown publications would emerge and present sensational non-factual reports about the country.”
“Many of them are sponsored reports by disgruntled enemies of Nigeria,” our Aso Rock source who did not wish to be named said.
You may read the full report at Africa Confidential.