Democracy and Political Life in

Democracy and Political Life in


ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



Nigeria’s problems have a long history and any attempt to adopt

ad hoc measures to tackle them will only exacerbate the situation



Democracy and Political Life in Nigeria  /   Nigeria and the Politics of Unreason: A Study of the Obasanjo Regime


The Osu Caste Discrimination in Igboland


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Democracy and Political Life in Nigeria

By Victor E. Dike


Why is the political life of Nigeria colored by unlimited corruption scandals? Why is the nation choking on its democratization process? Victor Dike discusses these questions and more in the second edition of Democracy and Political Life in Nigeria.

Thoroughly grounded in Nigerian history and based on extensive research, this edition is considerably expanded and updated with comprehensive analysis of the major sociopolitical and economic problems confronting Nigeria today. Simple in style, direct and unpretentious, this book illustrates how bad leadership and corruption has combined to create and social instability, a weak economy, high unemployment, poverty and rising crime rate in the society.

Armed with lessons from stable democracies, the author explains practical ways to reduce social tension and to build necessary institutional structures for growing the economy and sustaining a political democracy anchored on true federalism. Corruption and self-interests often lead to the myriad irrational and unreasoned domestic policies- those that are hastily put together and poorly implemented. The predatory autocratic political leaders do them and we hear and see them every day! And that has suffocated the economy and pauperized the people. How long can the people endure?

The ‘reform-mongers’ seem to have failed to realize that Nigeria lacks the necessary institutions and suitable political climate to make domestic policies work. Nigeria’s politics has been, and will, if care is not taken, remain dominated by “soulless leaders” who only prescribe solution to issues facing the nation without strengthening the institutions that could tackle them.

Nigeria’s problems have a long history and any attempt to adopt ad hoc measures to tackle them will only exacerbate the situation. To move from the present chaos to peace and democratic consolidation there must be a paradigm shift. The nation must adopt a-develop or die mentality by being truly democratic, transparent, accountable and fiscally responsible in governance. However, Nigeria needs permanent institutional structures to tackle its sociopolitical and economic problems and Democracy and Political Life in Nigeria offers a solution.

Democracy and Political Life in Nigeria, which has 18 Chapters with end-of-chapter review questions, is expected to be valuable to policymakers, students and teachers of Political Science/ Government/ Political Process/Public Policy/ Social Policy/Law and Politics and general readers interested in Nigerian (African) politics.

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Democracy and Political Life in Nigeria

2ndedition, (New York, Lincoln, Shanghai: iUniverse, Inc., November 2006)

 Paperback-ISBN: 0-595-40266-6; 433 pages; Price: $26.95


Preface to the Second Edition     ix

Chapter 1     Introduction: An Overview of the Issues in Discourse    1

Chapter 2     The Story of Nigeria: Regions, States and Geo-Political Zones     14

Chapter 3     Political Democracy and Ideology     31

Chapter 4     Democracy and Enabling Conditions     48

Chapter 5     Ethnicity and Politics of Religion     73

Chapter 6     Democracy and True Federalism in Nigeria     100

Chapter 7     Politics in Nigeria and Direct democracy     115

Chapter 8     Corruption and the Immunity Clause     133

Chapter 9     The Nigerian Economy: Why Has Nigeria Failed to Develop?     163

Chapter 10   The Nigerian Economy: Debt Crisis and Poverty in the Land     180

Chapter 11   The Nigerian Economy: Dual-Exchange Rate and Inflation     221

Chapter 12   Socioeconomic Restructuring: Privatizing and Reform Programs in Nigeria      252

Chapter 13   Resource Control and Challenges of Nation Building     278

Chapter 14   Vocational and Technical Education in Nigeria: Neglect and Agenda for Change     301

Chapter 15   Globalization, Information Technology, and Poor Nations     325

Chapter 16   Managing National Security and Public Safety in Nigeria     341

Chapter 17   Goodbye Military Intervention in Nigerian Politics!     373

Chapter 18   Final Conclusion: 2007 Elections and the Future of Democracy in Nigeria     395

Index     407


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Victor E. Dike is an Adjunct Professor, School of Engineering and Technology, National University (Sacramento Center), California. He is also a Computer Instructor at the Fremont School for Adults (Sacramento City Unified School District) and CEO, Center for Social Justice and Human Development (CSJHD) – an NGO- in Sacramento, California that provides educational and training programs to under served groups. A professional educator, Victor Dike is the author of Democracy and Political Life in Nigeria (2nd ed.), New York, Lincoln, Shanghai: iUniverse, Nov-2006; Nigeria and the Politics of Unreason: A Study of the Obasanjo Regime; London: Adonis & Abbey, Nov-20, 2003; and The Osu Caste System in Igboland: A Challenge for Nigerian Democracy; Kearney, NE: Morris Publishers, 2002.

posted 28 November 2006

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