The Military, Politics And Leadership

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The death of Housni Mubarak, Egypts president for 30 years who was overthrown by the Arab Spring Cairo street riots and demonstrations of 2011, provide ample opportunity to reflect on the role of the military in politics in Africa nowadays . Especially in this era of Islamic militant terrorism which ironically Mubarak was able to contain to claim political stability and internal security as the main legacies of his iron rule as Egypts leader for many years. Mubaraks predecessor as president of Egypt, Anwar Sadat was shot at a military parade in 1981 by Islamic Brotherhood militants and Mubarak himself was wounded in that attack. His successor after the Arab Spring, Mohammed Morsi, Egypts first elected president in open democratic election, died unceremoniously after making a public speech of defiance in a cage that brought him to trial, after a military coup that saw the military emerge after the Arab Spring, to seize power and continue in the style that Mubarak used to rule Egypt for three decades. Egypts army or military played politics with Mubaraks overthrow and in retrospect, and with the power of hindsight, one can say it bowed in the direction of the violent storm of the Arab Spring to survive and save its boss. So, while true democratic leader President Mohammed Morsi was allowed to die in a trial cage, the Egyptian Army under President Abdul Fattah Sisi freed Mubarak and he returned to his house in peace and was given a military burial fit for a king and Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Armed forces this week. The military in Egypt has shown that with its leadership in politics, dog does not eat dog, and we will today ask ,or see why this is so, and how that phenomenon is working out in some nations in Africa including Nigeria.

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