oa The Constitution - Tenure elongation in Nigeria's political history, 1966-2006
|Article Title||Tenure elongation in Nigeria's political history, 1966-2006|
|© Publisher:||Centre for Constitutionalism and Demilitarisation, Nigeria|
|Affiliations||1 *Department of History and International Studies, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma **Department of History and International Studies, Kogi State University, Anyigba, Kogi State|
|Publication Date||Sep 2006|
|Pages||1 - 32|
|Keyword(s)||Nigeria, Political history, Politicians, Politics and Tenure|
This article evaluates with historical brevity the attempts at political engineering by the Nigerian political elite. It argues that such attempts have left much to be desired as good governance, which places the welfare of the citizens of a country above any personal desires, has never been put in place in Nigeria since 1966. It further argues that the militarys popular slogan of coming to salvage the country is because of the gullible nature of the populace and the absence of the rule of law in Nigeria as demonstrated by the various attempts at tenure elongation by successive regimes including the civilians. The article concludes that only by entrenching nation-building goals and popular participation in the process can the quest for tenure elongation by the political elites be banished from the polity.
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