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Title:Explaining 'Godfatherism' in Nigerian Politics
Author:Albert, Isaac O.
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
political elite
political conflicts
Politics and Government
Nigeria--Politics and government
Patronage, Political
Political leadership
Power (Social sciences)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/afrisocirevi.9.2.79
Abstract:The Nigerian situation makes it possible for both sub elite and non elite to become recruited into the political elite class, so long as they can meet the parochial conditions for such a recruitment exercise. The 'political godfathers' in Nigeria build an array of loyalists around them and use their influence, which is often tied to monetary considerations, to manipulate the rest of society and block the participation of others in Nigerian politics. The role of such people is highly injurious to the advancement of popular participatory democracy in Nigeria. This paper first examines the origins (patron-client relationships have cultural roots among many Nigerian peoples), history and patterns of manifestation of 'political godfatherism' in Nigeria. Next, it presents two case studies of godfather-godson conflicts, viz. the conflict between Governor Mala Kachallah of Borno State and Senator Ali Modu Sherriff, which started after the 1999 elections; and the ongoing conflict between Governor Chris Ngige of Anambra State and Chief Chris Uba. Ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]