THE SPECTRE OF DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE IN NIGERIA
In Nigeria, democracy is believed to have replaced military juntas. But
democracy, as practised in the country, has not been different from the tenets of
past military regimes. As such, scholars have argued whether present politics and
governance in Nigeria, with its character of suppression, repression and neglect
of democratic principles – rule of law, accountability, adequate representation,
public opinion, etc. – can be classified as democracy. This paper analytically
examines the irony of democratic governance and the challenges of the
democratization of Nigeria. Along this lane, the paper unravels the historicity,
spectre, poor state, consequences and contents of Nigerian democratic
governance to determine whether they are really in consonance with expected
democratic principles. The paper as well proffers solutions towards the
democratization of the Nigerian political space. However, it identifies that
democracy as purported in Nigerian politics and governance is not wholly massesoriented,
but inimical to the wellbeing and survival of the larger population. The
paper, thus, concludes that democratic governance in contemporary Nigeria is
grossly deficient and below global expectations, for it is inadequately true to
practical democratic political principles and responsibilities.
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