Issues in Nigerian Political Reconstruction: A Case Study of Ethnicity & Regionalism
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This article discusses the issue of politics of ethnicity and regionalism as it affects political leadership in Nigeria. Ethnic tensions do exist in Nigeria and has been growing since independence in 1960. The argument here is that Nigerian ethnicity and regionalism has assumed a class basic albeit an all too hidden one and are used rather manipulatively as social and political ideologies by those – most often the bourgeoisie and or petit bourgeoisie – who advocate them and seek thereby to advance their own interest. This paper seeks to establish the fact that regionalism and ethnic politics in Nigeria are almost always played in the state field in the pursuit of social, political, or economic advantage.
Reconstruction , Regionalism
Offiong T. (2000) Issues in Nigerian Political Reconstruction: A Case Study of Ethnicity & Regionalism. Being a paper presented at the 45th Congress of the Historical Society of Nigeria.