The Constitution - Volume 5, Issue 2, 2005
Volume 5, Issue 2, 2005
Author Festus IyayiSource: The Constitution 5, pp 1 –32 (2005)More Less
The article locates the dynamic of electoral practices in (i) the historical context of state formation in Nigeria, (ii) the nature and character of the Nigerian state, (iii) the nature and character of Nigeria s ruling class, (iv) developments in the international economy and politics, and (v) the relative strength of the progressive forces in Nigeria. It is argued that reforms that target electoral practices and processes must address problems in this set of dynamic factors if they are to produce a viable, legitimate and democratic political order in Nigeria. It is concluded that what is required is not reform but a radical departure that understands elections and electoral practices from a completely different perspective that addresses the political economy of the Nigerian state.
Public policies, constitutional principles and political developments in Nigeria : a critique of the political restructuring by Abacha regimeAuthor A. Sat ObiyanSource: The Constitution 5, pp 33 –47 (2005)More Less
This article examines some basic policies and constitutional principles that were embedded in the political restructuring put in place by the Abacha regime in Nigeria. This is against the background of the renewed national interest to explore public policies and principles that can enhance the political and constitutional order in the country. The article argues that some of the principles hold great promise but noted that the regime had, itself, taken steps that could have possibly undermined some of these policies and principles. It further argues that some aspects of the political restructuring were novel even though they were not necessarily of functional value in Nigeria. It concludes that the design and implementation of the restructuring programme by the Abacha administration were fraught with problems that could have inevitably undermined the programme.
Report of the International Commission of inquiry on Darfur to the United nations Secretary-General: IntroductionSource: The Constitution 5, pp 55 –83 (2005)More Less