oa The Constitution - Godfatherism in Nigerian politics: implications for development

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1595-5753



Godfatherism in Nigerian politics is a term that is age long but has suddenly assumed centre stage in todays political scenario. The origin is hazy and its activities in the Nigerian political landscape colossal. Greed and avarice amongst other reasons account for the prevalence and notoriety of this phenomenon. The disturbing aspect of his development is the consequent lack of faith in the electoral process by both the electorate and the contestants as winners must emerge so long they are 'anointed' by the godfathers. This work therefore centres on the origin, nature and factors that breed godfatherism. Also, it examines its implication for Nigeria s political development and concludes that it has done more harm than good to the Nigerian political psyche.

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