n Africa Insight - The elite and political process in Nigeria

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


Nigeria's crisis-ridden political history shows how it survived multiple military dictatorships, and had only three short-lived civilian-led political dispensations until the Fourth Republic. The article considers the concept of African elite and progresses to unravel the Nigerian elite and its role in the scuttling of the First and Second democratic projects / experiments. The role of the military wing in the Third Republic is also highlighted and the weakness of the civilian wing against it is also considered. It argues that despite the transition from military rule to democracy in 1999 Nigeria may have become a crippled giant, and considering its post-1999 political class and leadership, the mistakes of the past may be repeated in the future.

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