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Title:Political culture, leadership crisis and development challenge in Nigeria: a critical analysis
Author:Eborka, Kennedy
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Sociology and Anthropology (ISSN 0331-4111)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:political conditions
Abstract:The challenge of leadership and development in Nigeria and other countries in Africa after independence has been the subject of many studies. Potentially great countries, like Nigeria, suffer from endemic poverty, unemployment, diseases and insecurity, partly due to lack of good leadership and development policy. Analyses tend to emphasize factors like colonialism, ethnic diversities, military interventions and multicultural realities. This article argues that the emergence of these factors in Nigeria is a consequence of the underlying political culture that evolved in the course of the country's political development. The author situates the challenge of poor quality leadership and its associated development challenge in Nigeria within the context of a political culture of particularistic tendencies. The author also offers leads to inspire the evolution of a transformational political culture with social responsibility, transparency, accountability, ethics, discipline, fairness and collective interest as its essential ingredients. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]