The latest to experience this is Niger. The country’s military recently staged a coup, stating the current government’s insecurity and economic situation as reasons.
The development continued to raise concerns about the stability of Africa’s political landscape.
But why is Africa experiencing recurring coups?
Below are some of the common factors contributing to coups in Africa include:
1. Political instability: Weak governance, frequent leadership changes, and lack of political stability can create an environment conducive to coups.
2. Socioeconomic challenges: Poverty, income inequality, and limited access to basic services can lead to public dissatisfaction, increasing the potential for political unrest and coups.
3. Corruption: Rampant corruption in governments can erode public trust and lead to dissatisfaction with the ruling authorities, fostering conditions for coup attempts.
4. Ethnic and tribal tensions: Deep-rooted ethnic and tribal divisions can fuel conflicts, and if not adequately managed, they can escalate and lead to coup attempts.
5. Military influence: In some cases, a strong military presence and influence in politics can lead to coups or attempted coups, as the military may perceive itself as the guardian of national stability.
6. External factors: Interference from external powers, historical colonial legacies, and geopolitical interests can sometimes exacerbate internal political tensions, contributing to coups.
It is essential to recognize that Africa is a diverse continent with over 50 countries, each having its unique political, social, and economic dynamics. The reasons for coups may vary significantly from one country to another, and the situation can change over time. Governments, regional bodies, and the international community often work to address these issues and promote democratic governance to reduce the occurrence of coups and ensure stability on the continent.