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Title:Civil society, democratic governance and development in Nigeria, 1999-2012
Author:Gberevbie, Daniel EsemeISNI
Periodical:Contemporary Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0855-4412)
Geographic term:Nigeria
civil society
Abstract:It has been argued by scholars that no nation can fully achieve its development potentials without democratic governance as engendered and supported by vibrant civil society. In this regard, civil society (CS) is seen as the engine of democratic governance (DG) and development of nations. Utilizing secondary data, the paper examines CS, DG and development in Nigeria. It finds that the nation's inability to enjoy DG for development in the past is caused by the absence of a vibrant CS, arising from weak support and lack of tolerance for the activities of CS organizations by the government, and also by the non-adherence to democratic norms by public officials both in words and action. The paper concludes that for the citizens to enjoy DG there is the need for the CS organizations in the country to unite in their activities against repression, and resist every attempt by the government to cause division within their ranks. Bibliogr., sum. in English and in French [Journal abstract]