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Title:Politics, Ethno-Religious Conflicts and Democratic Consolidation in Nigeria
Author:Ukiwo, Ukoha
Year:2003
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:41
Issue:1
Period:March
Pages:115-138
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:ethnic relations
social conflicts
democracy
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
politics
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=GFUY10BVM1H8K7J863NN
Abstract:This article examines the explosion of violent ethno-religious and communal conflicts in Nigeria, contrary to the widespread expectation that the inauguration of the civilian administration would usher in democratic stability. The nature of the politics of the transition programme and the reluctance of the postmilitary regime to address the national question have led to the resurgence of social groups that make demands for incorporation and empowerment. The central argument is that unbridled competition for power, and the failure of government to deliver democratic dividends, have resulted in violent conflicts, especially between ethnic and religious groups, endangering the country's nascent democracy. Good governance, especially accountability, transparency and equity, would restore governmental legitimacy and interethnic and religious harmony and promote democratic consolidation. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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