Problems and Prospects of Sustaining Democracy in Nigeria

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Nova Publishers, 2001 - Political Science - 241 pages
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The past few years have been very traumatic ones for many Nigerians. With the exception of those in power or close to the seat of power, the changes of 1998 were a welcome relief given the tyranny and repression that the country had suffered under General Abacha. With many people in prison and more in exile, the death of Abacha was received with a sigh of relief. Many observers have seen the resilience that has come to signify the strength and potential of this once 'giant of Africa', as well as the destruction and the socio-political and economic decay of the past decades. The Nigerian people have endured the exploitation of their rights due to the lack of democratic leadership, and with this in mind, they have been called to attention to fight for their country.
 

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Contents

Constitutionalism and the Future of Nigeria
3
Federalism State Creation and Ethnic Management in Nigeria
19
The Rehabilitation of 1999 Nigerian Constitution The Federal Government and the Integrity of the Component States
37
Federalism Political Instability and the Struggle for Democracy in Nigeria
43
Social and Economic Issues
55
An Essay on Leadership and Governance in Nigeria
57
Curriculum and Administrative Innovations for the Nigerian Educational System in the TwentyFirst Century
77
The Nigerian Elite and the Generation that was Lost
91
Nigeria and Regional Security in West Africa
143
Nigerian Foreign Policy and Regional Economic Diplomacy
159
Wither Nigeria?
169
Breaking Ranks to Break from Bondage Development in PostMilitary Nigeria
171
Managing MultiEthnicity Lessons from Nigeria
187
Constitutional Authenticity Constructive Incorporation of Traditional Institutions into the New Nigerian Experiment
199
Sustaining Democracy in Nigeria
203
Endnotes
205

Foreign Policy Issues
103
A Survey of Nigerian Foreign Policy 1960 to 1998
105
The Sierra Leone Imbroglio A Perspective on the Question of Nigerias Involvement
129
Contributors
227
Index
233
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Ojo is Associate Professor of Political Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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