The Dilemmas of Democracy in Nigeria

  • Festus Ugboaja Ohaegbulam


The quest for democracy was the driving force and political objective of intensified anti-colonial nationalism in Africa after the end of World War II. African nationalists sought to overthrow Western European imperial control of Africa because they believed that no section of the human family had an inherent right to rule, dominate, and exploit another section of that family; that all men and women have natural rights, as equal members of the human family, to participate in reaching decisions that affect their lives either directly or indirectly; that freedom from alien control would help to promote and sustain the civic virtues and ideals of obligation to freedom, justice, equality, accountability, and truth in Africa. These democratic values and ideals still elude Africa more than three decades after the formal termination of Western European imperial control from most of the continent. Why? What went wrong?


Political Party British Colonial Electoral Competition Democratic Governance Majority Ethnic Group 
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