ETHNICITY, RELIGION AND THE STATE OF NIGERIAN FEDERALISM

Bartholomew Nkem Nzenwa, Cornelius C. Mba (PhD)

Abstract


Fifty-Nine years after independence, Nigeria still hassles, with one of the major fallouts of federalism, the politics of trying to appease all sections of the polity. This study highlights and assesses the nature, quality and value of particular issues and matters that have dominated the Nigerian Federal polity and which has created untold unpleasant experiences and pains at one point or the other since independence. Such issues include religious crisis, recourse to emergency powers in setting issues in a democratic federal setting, resource control, and the loop-sided resource allocation formula, creation of states and local governments, and inadequate representation of the various ethnic groups at the centre. This is a result of the multi-ethnic nature of the society. Different governments have at one point or the other derived methods to cope with this ever present problem of power distribution in both the political and economic spheres. This study particularly appraises many of these issues and concludes that all stakeholders in the Federal policy should thread softly, be objective, rational, altruistic and monogamous in order not to make the existence of true federalism, social, political and economic cohesive existence of the people, peace and tranquility a fleeting illusion and a mirage.

 


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