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Title:The minority question and the politics of resource allocation in Kogi State, Nigeria
Author:Ajayi, RotimiISNI
Periodical:African Notes: Bulletin of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:minority groups
local government reform
state government
Abstract:Since independence, one of the strategic methods by which Nigeria has attempted to overcome its problems of disunity and the accommodation of cultural, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities has been the adoption of a series of reorganizations of the federal structure through the creation of ever more states. This paper examines the various arguments surrounding the issue of carving out more states in Nigeria as a solution to the so-called minority question, and investigates the relationship between state creation and the appropriation of resources, particularly the distribution of political offices. Its focus is on the minority Yoruba-speaking populations (otherwise known as the Oyis or the Okuns) of the newly established Kogi State, analysing the politics, mechanisms and pattern of distribution of political offices among the ethnic groups that make up Kogi State, notably the Yoruba, the Ebira, the Bassa, and the Igala. It is concluded that the process of state creation, rather than solving the minority question, will further aggravate it, by creating more minorities out of new entities. Ref.