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Title:Consequences of an unbalanced political system: a socio-legal perspective to conflict in the Nigerian State
Author:Odiase-Alegimenlen, O.A.ISNI
Year:2001
Periodical:Nigerian Journal of International Affairs
Volume:27
Issue:1-2
Pages:36-76
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:conflict
political stability
wealth
federalism
petroleum
Abstract:This article analyses conflict and its implications for the nation-State in Nigeria from a sociolegal perspective. The parameters within which conflict has provoked sociopolitical instability in Nigeria relate to the history of colonial inequities and structural imbalances in the Nigerian federation and the struggles between the various competing factions of the Nigerian elite. Other sources of conflict are linked to the nature of the economy, struggles over oil revenues, land, and political power, as well as communal and religious factors, and the distribution of development infrastructure. Several factors have contributed to a deepening of conflicts in Nigeria. These include the militarization of society, rising crime, inadequate law enforcement, external pressures and the socioeconomic crises in the Niger delta. In conclusion, the article recommends democratization, equitable laws, the devolution of power and national consensus as modalities for resolving conflict in Nigeria. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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