Democratic Process And Conflicts In Nigeria: Issues And Solutions

Cletus Obasi and C. Ibenwa


The Nigeria State began its life as a free and independent nation with the adoption of the British form of Parliamentary system of democracy. This system of democracy was fraught with conflicts which engulfed the nations for years. The tension and the conflicts led to the first military intervention in the country in 1966 and the civil war in 1967, which jettisoned the democratic process. The American form of Presidential democracy was adopted, and has been in practice for nearly three decades now. However, conflicts are still trailing the system, hindering progress and stalling national development; hence one asks: Is democracy as practiced today in Nigeria the source of conflicts? This is the basic question that interests this paper.

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