oa The Constitution - Public policies, constitutional principles and political developments in Nigeria : a critique of the political restructuring by Abacha regime



This article examines some basic policies and constitutional principles that were embedded in the political restructuring put in place by the Abacha regime in Nigeria. This is against the background of the renewed national interest to explore public policies and principles that can enhance the political and constitutional order in the country. The article argues that some of the principles hold great promise but noted that the regime had, itself, taken steps that could have possibly undermined some of these policies and principles. It further argues that some aspects of the political restructuring were novel even though they were not necessarily of functional value in Nigeria. It concludes that the design and implementation of the restructuring programme by the Abacha administration were fraught with problems that could have inevitably undermined the programme.


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