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Survey: Concerns as Nigerians back Clarke’s call for military intervention



When Robert Clarke (SAN) stoked the debate over military intervention on November 25, everyone expected him to be fried for having the audacity to even think about it.

Troubled by Nigeria’s seeming descent into a ruinous path, and what he termed gangsterism in the style of leadership, Clarke, while speaking on Channels Television, canvassed that the military should return to power for a 2-year period to clean the mess left by the politicians.

Read More: Nigeria is in ruins, let the military intervene- Robert Clarke (SAN)

Were Nigerians livid by Clarke’s comments? The sentiments appeared heavily weighed against him, at least on the surface, largely because military involvement in governance was no longer fashionable. Added to this was the Nigerian experience that left the citizens with unforgettable scars of mis-governance and repression.

Even Ripples Nigeria took out an editorial on November 28 titled, “Our stand: Clarke’s call for military intervention, so absurd!”

Read More: Our Stand: Clarke’s call for military intervention, so absurd!

However, driven by a desire to ensure objectivity, the platform also undertook a popularity test of Clarke’s position, and the results were astounding. A survey titled, “Do you support Robert Clarke’s call for military intervention in Nigeria?” was administered online on December 2. Stats show that the survey reached 524,773 persons, while 1,375 actually voted.

Against popular belief, 52.9% of respondents backed Clarke’s call while 43.2% did not support him. The number of respondents who were undecided stood at 3.9% (see chart). A total of 4,200 persons either ‘liked’, ‘disliked’ or expressed ‘sadness’ over poll outcomes.

While the results may seem a close call, what the facts suggest is that Nigerians want a quick fix to everyday challenges which they perceive a military structure would readily handle.


The social media engagement on the survey, especially on Facebook, was even more revealing. With 2,512 comments, the conversations, arguably, rank among the highest of any recent survey (see screen shot).




A dominant argument by Clarke’s supporters is that the present crop of leaders cannot be trusted to effect a radical change from within, and that Nigeria’s crisis of development needs to be addressed before it takes a dangerous turn. Opposing elements, however, hold that the military, especially its retired officers, are already actively engaged in Nigeria’s democratic march, and that what is required is the patience to build sustainable institutions.

The Buhari administration has repeatedly called for patience and understanding, saying that it needs time to address the rot left behind by 16 years of alleged looting of the economy by the Goodluck Jonathan-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government.

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    December 7, 2016 at 8:17 am

    This is a big lie survey. No reasonable Nigerian will ever want military to take over so give us other reasonable stories.

    • yanju omotodun

      December 7, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Though you may be right but all same ,military won’t also aspire to seize any government so Nigerians should look for alternative. May be diarchy will be better.

  2. osezuwa

    December 7, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Nigeria needs military to clean up this mess by clueless Buhari. What a government,? No direction, no focus, no blue print etc on the economy yet the govt is only interested in amplifying the hardship being experienced by Nigerians

    • Emmanuel Alayegbami

      December 7, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      There is direction . just for you to ask the right people for direction.

    • Joy Madu

      December 8, 2016 at 6:01 am

      We don’t need military at all . after all, buhari is a military man in agbada or civilian attire. So no one should incite the military to stage a counter coup.

  3. Roland Uchendu Pele

    December 7, 2016 at 8:38 am

    It is not that Barr. CLARKE has a lot of supporters, but NIGERIANS WOULD CHOOSE ANYTHING that will stop this hardship.

  4. Animashaun Ayodeji

    December 7, 2016 at 9:28 am

    May God punish poverty. Only a poor minded person will think of food ahead of good governance. The military will give torture in exchange for food.

  5. Margret Dickson

    December 7, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Yes, Military is what we need in Nigeria, all these nonsense corrupt practices will end and Nigerians will smile again after two years of military rule

    • seyi jelili

      December 7, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Your fine face will turn to ugly face if military seize the government. Though you are just saying your own. International societies condemn military government so no hitch.

    • Joy Madu

      December 7, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      And you think militants are better. Is better we leave democratic people on set than military people

  6. Johnson Amadi

    December 7, 2016 at 9:31 am

    This same nonsense that happened in America’s recent presidential election, people like controversial people not minding if they are capable or not. I’m not surprised

  7. Balarabe musa

    December 7, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Anything that will bring military govt back to Nigeria will not happen insha Allah. Democracy is our accepted government .

    • Nonso Ezeugo

      December 7, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      So you don’t want military government. Since democracy has been there what have they achieve

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