n African Journal of Rhetoric - Climate change and adaptation in Nigeria : beyond political rhetoric

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1998-2054


Climate change is one of the most serious environmental and human threats undermining the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and it has emerged as a major challenge to development in the 21st century. Over the course of the 21st century, climate change has made significant impact on the economy, society and environment of Nigeria, but the political response to this phenomenon is 'mere rhetoric.' (Booth 2004)

This paper identifies fundamental issues about climate change and some of its manifestations in Nigeria. It also examines political responses to climate change with a view to ascertaining implementation of responses to mitigate and adapt to climate change in Nigeria. Analyses of data form a multi-method approach confirm that there is a lack of cohesion between political initiatives and institutions, and a weak implementation of environmental laws, which calls for urgent action to alleviate the negative effects of climate change in the country. The paper also shows that that the political class has not exercised political will to mitigate and adapt to climate change; rather it has been mere rhetoric. The study concluded that there has been non-implementation of the environmental laws on climate change rather the political response to climate change in Nigeria has been mere rhetoric. Nigeria needs to assume greater ownership over the climate change adaptation process to ensure both its sustainability and management according to national development priorities.

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