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Title:The media and implications of ethnicity and religion in Nigerian politics
Author:Oboh, Godwin EhiarekhianISNI
Periodical:Journal of communication and media research (ISSN 2141-5277)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:heads of State
ethnic relations
Abstract:This study examines the influence of ethnicity and religion on Nigerian politics. The article notes that between the independence of Nigeria in 1960 and May 2015 when Muhammadu Buhari assumed office as the president of Nigeria, the country produced fifteen heads of State, who were majorly citizens from the northern and the western regions. The study uses content analysis to review the 2015 presidential election and the profiles of the past and present Nigerian leaders, and finds that the Igbo community had least representation in the presidential office. Because of the ethnic distribution in the country, for Nigeria to choose a president of Igbo origin this president would need the support of other ethnic groups. The authors argue that in order to create a political platform for major and minor ethnic groups in Nigeria, the Nigerian presidency should be rotated among the six geo-political zones, as recommended earlier by Chief Anthony Enaharo. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]