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Title:An Issue Overlooked in Nigeria's Reforms: The Continuation of Government Discriminatory Practices
Author:Isumonah, V. AdefemiISNI
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
social and economic rights
civil and political rights
legal status
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Nigeria--Politics and government
Political rights
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/afrisocirevi.10.2.116
Abstract:On the basis of the view that the democratic structures established by the 1999 general elections are adequate for administering Nigeria, the Obasanjo administration has refused to convene a National Conference of popularly elected delegates to design a new constitution. It has for this reason devoted itself to economic reforms, initiating political reforms only on paper, or in actual fact in pursuit of its interest in political control. According to informed opinion, there are many neglected steps even in the administration's economic reforms project. But the present paper is concerned with an aspect of political reform which in the administration's stillborn political reform initiatives has not received the urgent attention it deserves, given its high political and economic impact on the majority of Nigerians. This is the dichotomy governments at all levels of the Nigerian federation - federal, state and local - make between 'indigenes' and 'non-indigenes' in the allocation of economic and social benefits. Generally, non-indigenes are discriminated against in the provision of vital government infrastructure and services such as schools, health care and even roads, and are denied employment in government establishments. More and more Nigerians are being rendered partial citizens who cannot participate fully because of the discriminatory administration of social benefits. The effective exercise of social citizenship affects political citizenship, as the impact of the indigene/non-indigene dichotomy on the rights of non-indigenes to seek elective office and demand political accountability demonstrates. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]