Nigeria has been ranked among the high risk nations in the world prone to military coup detat.
This revelation was made by an American based tabloid, the Washington Post.
According to the publication which based its report mainly on a speech delivered by Senator Lamar Alexander, during the inauguration of the President of the United States of America, Mr Barack Obama, Nigeria ranks among 22 most vulnerable nations in world.
The country according to the lawmaker is one of the “most at-risk” nations in sub-sahara Africa.
The reason according to him is hinged on the fact the political system in Nigeria runs on the wheel of religious balance and that any perceived imbalance in the distribution of political power could spark off insurgency capable subsuming the entire country.
“In all, 22 of the 30 most at-risk countries are in sub-Saharan Africa. That includes the massively populous oil exporter Nigeria, where a coup could worsen the already deadly tension between the country’s Christian and Muslim communities. Traditionally, the Nigerian presidency rotates between a Christian and a Muslim; anything seen as upsetting that order could inflame half the country.” Alexander stated.
In the same vein, Alexander stated further that apart from countries in sub-sahara Africa that those of the Sahel region of the continent also suffers fragile security situation as they stand the risk of military as being experienced in Mali.
“The most striking inference in my speech is the remarkable fragility of Africa’s Sahel region, an enormous band of drought-prone land that runs East-West across the continent. The Sahel includes, sure enough, northern Mali.
“It also includes much of the areas where al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, an Algeria-born group that is active in Mali’s rebellion and has been indirectly linked to last week’s hostage crisis, increasingly operates. Three of the five most at-risk governments are here.” He enthused.