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Title:Retrospects and Prospects of Political Stability in Nigeria
Author:Bassey, Celestine O.
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:political stability
Politics and Government
Abstract:A number of political analysts have sought to explain the spectre of political instability in Nigeria and to predict the future of the political order based on past and current experiences. These explanations have fallen essentially into two major categories. The first, orthodox genre is mechanistic and State-centric; the second, and increasingly more popular, radical genre tends to be dialectical, holistic and system-level in orientation. An overview of both perspectives leads the author to the conclusion that the Hegelian aphorism that truth is to be found neither in the thesis nor the antithesis but in the emergent synthesis that reconciles elements of both is rather apt in the Nigerian context. Political instability in Nigeria derives from a convergence of factors: a consequence of historical as well as contemporary contradictions; of systemic and value anomalies as well as leadership ineptitude. In terms of the future prospect of political stability, the author argues that the present does not bode well for a significantly improved political future. Bibliogr., notes, ref.