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Title:Last Card: Can Nigeria Survive another Political Transition?
Author:Obi, Cyril I.
Year:2000
Periodical:African Journal of Political Science (ISSN 1027-0353)
Volume:5
Issue:2
Period:December
Pages:67-86
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:democracy
political change
democratization
Politics and Government
politics
Political development
Military government
ethnic conflicts
Political reform
External link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=364
Abstract:This article critically examines the depth of the reforms and elections that underpinned Nigeria's political transition of 1999 against the background of earlier transitions. It also analyses the important challenges confronting democratic consolidation in the face of the 'imperfect' nature of the political transition, revolutionary pressures from below and factional struggles within the hegemonic elite - all of which have direct implications for the social contract and the national question. At the end it is argued that this transition is Nigeria's last chance - and unless it transfers real power to the Nigerian people, the current struggles could signpost grave portends for the Nigerian Project. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]
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