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Title:Waiting for Godot: will there be a Fourth Nigerian Republic?
Author:Amuwo, K.ISNI
Year:1999
Periodical:L'Afrique politique
Pages:85-106
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:political change
democratization
Abstract:Nigeria's transition programmes of the period 1985-1999, under the successive military regimes of Babangida, Abacha and Abubakar, have been a failure. Recovering constitutional democracy in the country appears an extremely arduous task. Nowhere is the continuing political influence of the military more felt that in the emergence in the 1999 elections of General Obasanjo as Nigeria's probable Fourth Republic president. This article examines to what extent a Fourth Republic, in all probability a continuation of military rule by other means and susceptible to being overloaded by a multiplicity of accumulated grievances, will be able to cope with conflict management and accommodate both the status quo and anti-establishment elements and groups. It analyses the major social and political forces involved in the complex interplay of the poverty of politics and the politics of poverty, distinguishing between groups and tendencies in the North, the South-East, the South-South, and the South-West. It suggests that the South-West will probably pose the greatest threat to the Fourth Republic. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French (p. 11).
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