Political Parties and Ethnicity in Nigerian Politics: A historical appraisal

EZEDINACHI, IFEOMA E. and AMANCHUKWU, Ikenna and Ogbuka, Ikenna and Odey, Emmanuel (2017) Political Parties and Ethnicity in Nigerian Politics: A historical appraisal. Renaissance University Journal of management and Social Sciences, 3 (1). pp. 214-253.

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Beginning from the colonial period the Nigerian state has been strewn with ethnic conflicts; majorly, between the Hausa-Fulani in the north against the Yoruba in the west, and the Ibo (the third arm of the dominant ethnic triumvirate). Unfortunately, the bulk of the conflicts were held through the agency of the political parties. These developments would inevitably lead to the creation of political parties that were devoted solely to an ethnic group. The escalation of ethnic conflicts in the post-colonial period led to the breakdown of the First Republic and the subsequent entry of the military into politics. The military in order to subdue the pathology of ethnicity rife within the party structure implemented a series of regimentation party reforms. Nonetheless despite these reforms by the military the germ of ethnicity within the body politic continues to escalate. It is thus in the light of the foregoing that this paper appraises the rise of ethnic politics in Nigeria and its implication for national political and economic safety.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: mrs chioma hannah
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 16:05
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 16:05
URI: http://eprints.gouni.edu.ng/id/eprint/2167

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