Oyinlola Abodunrin, Gbolahan Oloye, Abdulhameed Alaba


The development of Nigeria since her independence is bedevilled with unequal power relation which has affected the practice of true federalism in the country. Federalism is an essential tool for managing conflicts, promoting unity and peaceful co existence in an ethno religious diversity nation state like Nigeria. The adoption of federalism which is expected to bring together cooperation, unity and faith of the people in there fatherland is been lopsided due to asymmetric power relation.  This paper therefore examines the asymmetric power relation as a problem confronting Nigeria Federal system. The objective of the study was to examine the reason for the adoption of federalism in Nigeria and the lopsided nature of Nigeria federal system. The study reveals that, unequal power relation affects the country democratic system. However, there is a need to ensure that the issues and challenges confronting Nigeria’s federal system be resolved.


Federalism, Federal System, Nigeria, Asymmetric Power Relation

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