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Title:The demise of democracy in the first republic of Nigeria: a causal analysis
Author:Akintunde, J.O.
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:parliamentary systems
Abstract:Nigerian leaders (Chief Awolowo, dr. Azikiwe, the Sardauna of Sokoto) were all enthusiastic for democracy and were determined to make (Western) democracy work in their country. They opted for Western democracy as they had no choice while the British colonial rulers were in control of the country. But even after the departure of the British, Nigerian leaders did not display any less ardour for Western democracy. One might reasonably have expected that Western democracy would succeed in the First Republic, but however enchanted by the accomplished models of democracy in the United States and Great Britain, Nigerian leaders did not pay sufficient attention to the material and nonmaterial requirements essential for its success. The aim of this paper is to prove that the First republic was lacking in these requirements and that it could, therefore, not have successfully operated as a democracy. Notes.