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Title:The aims of Nigerian federalism
Author:Ogwurike, C.
Periodical:The Nigerian Law Journal
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:While the Federal Governments of the United Nations and other countries were built on the basis of separate and independent States surrendering to a Federal Government some of their power, a reverse process was adopted in Nigeria. Power was devolved from the Centre to the Regions. This was a political experiment which was adopted to solve Nigeria's political problems. The author wants to identify those problems, and to determine to what extent the federal Constitution as the basic instrument for the solution of the problems does in fact solve them. According to him it is very doubtful whether in fact the constitutional safeguards are strong enough to withstand the centrifugal forces. Tribalism, the main dividing force, seems to be increasing in ferocity. The contripetal forces seem weak in the economic sphere. On the other hand, the Western Regional Crisis showed that the Central Government has greater legal and political powers than had formerly been realised.