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Title:Political Education and Public Policy in Nigeria: The War Against Indiscipline (WAI)
Authors:Agbaje, Adigun
Adisa, Jinmi
Periodical:Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:popular participation
political education
Politics and Government
Education and Oral Traditions
Military, Defense and Arms
Abstract:Recent Nigerian experiences since the launching, in 1984, of what has been described as a War Against Indiscipline (WAI) provide relevant material for a case study of directed mobilization in African entities governed by military regimes. First, here was a military regime, 'set apart from, if not above, the everyday concerns of the broad mass of the people' actively seeking to mobilize the people for desired goals without creating 'a mass base' in the form of a political party and against 'evidence' that 'armies alone are poor mobilizing agents'. Second, here was a governing regime seeking, for the first time in Nigeria, to introduce a comprehensive package of mobilization efforts designed to produce change in a desired direction. The author examines to what extent the regime of General Buhari succeeded in 'fighting its war against indiscipline in national life' and the lessons which can be drawn from the experience. Notes, ref.