oa The Constitution - Political elite in Nigeria: the Yoruba example



The political elite in Nigeria constitute the countrys Power elite. The paper argues that any attempt to understand the nature and activities of the political elite should concentrate on making sense of the process of ethnic mobilisation. Using the Yoruba as a case study, it shows how specific elite gain control of the agenda/goal selling and realisation apparatus of an ethnic group through ethnic mobilisation. Such control then acts as the platform for ensuring group support for ethnic political elite is quest for state political power. The political elite in Nigeria maintain their prominence only if they share a common interest, meet the demands of consensual domination (ensure that every one benefits from elite control of state power), continue to exhibit astute skill in the manipulation of ethnic symbols and sentiments and create institutions that act as arenas for the training of future political elite.


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