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Title:Pressure Groups and the Democratic Process in Nigeria (1979-1993)
Author:Abimbola, Adesoji
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:action groups
interest groups
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
History and Exploration
External link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol11num1/abimbola.pdf
Abstract:This paper examines the contributions made by pressure groups to the democratic process in Nigeria, covering the period 1979-1993. It attempts a conceptualization of pressure groups and democracy. It also examines the relevance of pressure groups generally, as well as their attitude to and participation in the democratic process in particular. There is no doubt that progressive groups, such as organized labour, human rights organizations, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and the NBA (Nigerian Bar Association), have contributed to the democratic process in Nigeria. However, functional pressure groups also faced a number of problems as a result of their belief in democratic ideals and their active pursuit. One such obstacle was the interference of the government in the affairs of these groups. In conclusion, the paper advocates the need for the groups to achieve a wider spread beyond the southwestern part of Nigeria and to participate more actively in the democratic process as ways of becoming more relevant. Bibliogr., sum. [Also published in: Nordic Journal of African Studies, vol. 12, no. 1 (2003), p. 39-48.]