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Title:Nigerian Students and Political Mobilisation
Author:Olugbade, Kola
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
political change
Education and Oral Traditions
Politics and Government
Political development
student movements
social development
Abstract:This contribution to the debate on the role of students in political development and nationbuilding specifically analyses the evolutionary and dynamic trends in the Nigerian student movement vis--vis the Nigerian State. It deals with the role that youth, and students in particular, could play in nationbuilding and political integration in a multiethnic, culturally heterogeneous, socially diversified and politically fragmented Nigerian State. The paper also focuses on the role of students in political mobilization, especially during the current programme of transition to democracy in Nigeria in 1992, and concludes that the federal government should lift the ban on the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), in force since 1986, and allow students the freedom to assume their historical responsibility of mobilizing the people, raising their level of consciousness and educating them to participate in the political, economic and social activities of the country. Bibliogr., notes, ref.