n African Renaissance - A hollow giant on agile feet? The challenges of democratic consolidation in Nigeria

Volume 4 Number 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


This paper examines the challenges to democratic consolidation in Nigeria, particularly in the aftermaths of the 2007 General Elections. Having survived a convoluted course of prodigal military rule (1983-1999), Nigeria is arguably well on its way to reaping democratic dividends. With the relative success of the 1999, 2003 and 2007 elections - at least by allowing for a continuity of democratic rule, the future of liberal democracy is seemingly secure, albeit highly contested. Thus, it is premature to presume that all is well with the practice of liberal democracy. Even the most optimistic observer of Nigeria could confess to the poignant chaos and hopelessness that pervade the country, Africa's largest democracy waddling on an agile feet! Adigun Agbaje's graphic imagery of the dramas of the first four years of Nigeria's experience with liberal democracy (1999-2003) is apt and worthy of recapitulation here.

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