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Democracy and Violent Conflicts in Nigeria: Implications for National Development

Joshua, Segun (2013) Democracy and Violent Conflicts in Nigeria: Implications for National Development. African Research Review, 7 (3). pp. 324-339. ISSN 2070--0083 (Online)

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There seem to be a debate on the validity of democratic peace theory. While some scholars argued that democracy engenders peace, others argued exactly the opposite. In the Nigerian context, democracy appears to have been characterised by violence. With heavy reliance on secondary data backed by analytical approach, the paper examines democracy and violent conflicts in Nigeria and its implications for development with a particular focus on the Nigeria‟s Fourth Republic. The paper found that; the nature of competition for political power, multi-ethnic nature of the polity as well as corruption, unemployment and poverty are some of the factors which make democracy in Nigeria‟s Fourth Republic violent-ridden. The paper therefore, recommends among others, the need to cut down on the remuneration/allowances of political offices holders and emphasizes the re-orientation of the political elite towards shunning divisive politics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Democracy, Violent Conflict, Political Elite, Poverty, Nigeria
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2017 13:45
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2017 13:45

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