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Nigeria’s democracy: the trilemma of herdsmenism, terrorism and vampirism

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dc.contributor.author Ojo, Emmanuel Oladipo
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-14T09:10:51Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-14T09:10:51Z
dc.date.issued 2017-01
dc.identifier.citation Ojo, E.O., 2017. Nigeria’s democracy: the trilemma of herdsmenism, terrorism and vampirism. Inkanyiso: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 9(1), pp.13-26. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2077-2815
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/1877
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC-c89d16dbb
dc.description Peer reviewed article published under Inkanyiso journal, Volume 9 Number 1, Jan 2017, p. 13 – 26 en_US
dc.description.abstract Since the ‘invention’ of democracy by the Greek City States in the first half of the 5th Century B.C. and its popularisation after the American War of Independence in the 17th century, democracy has remained the most famous form of government. Indeed, today, the presence or absence of democracy in a country seems to be the ‘standard’ by which such a country is measured – while countries that practise democracy are patted on the back; those that do not are pelted with all sorts of negative descriptions and categorisations. This outward approval or disapproval has taken centre stage to the extent that little or no attention is paid to the analysis of the content and context of a country’s democracy. Yet, this is important for at least three reasons: one, it will help to show how people in the sidelines in a specific geo-polity perceive democracy. Two, it will most probably reveal that not all forms of government operating in the garb of a constitution properly qualify as democracy. Three, and perhaps most important, a study of the content and context of a country’s democracy would reveal the type of democracy being practised by it – whether it is surface democracy, pseudo- or quasi-democracy or the rule by many for many. This study examines the content and context of Nigeria’s democracy with specific reference to its ‘trilemma’ and argues that Nigeria’s democracy is assailed by three ‘isms’. The study concludes that Nigeria’s brand of democracy is a system which enables rule by the few for the few and that this has drained many Nigerians of psychic energy and socio-economic strength. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Zululand en_US
dc.subject Nigeria en_US
dc.subject democracy en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject vampirism en_US
dc.subject Boko Haram en_US
dc.subject herdsmen en_US
dc.title Nigeria’s democracy: the trilemma of herdsmenism, terrorism and vampirism en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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