DISCOURSE ON DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE AND NATIONAL INTEGRATION IN NIGERIA

Daniel Aondofa Mailumo (PhD)

Abstract


Democracy is a system of government mostly cherished by countries of the world because of the dividends that accompanied its practice. Though national integration is considered as indelible mark of unity, the greatest challenges facing Nigeria’s democracy is that of disunity among the diverse cultures that made its population which have impacted negatively on the task of national integration. This paper seeks a discourse on democracy in Nigeria and national integration with particular emphases on the challenges. Methodologically, the study made use of qualitative means of data collection through journal articles, internet materials, books, newspapers, magazines, radio and television documentaries, it adopted the descriptive research design to analyze the data collected. The research utilized the integration theory as its framework of analysis. The paper concluded that lack of democratic tenets have been a bane for democratic consolidation and national integration while democratic institutions have remained abysmally weak. Findings from the research revealed that democracy as it is practiced in Nigeria has greatly impeded national integration due to challenges like absence of good and quality leadership, corruption and general insecurity. The paper recommends among other things that the rule of law should be entrenched in Nigerian democracy to ensure popular participation; corrupt public office holders should be made to face the full wrath of the law while ethnic identity should be jettisoned in all its ramifications. 

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Democracy, Governance, National Integration, Law

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