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Democracy and Governance in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic

L Oke


The symbiotic relationship between democracy and good governance is globally acclaimed. This is borne out of the belief that democracy premised
on the principle of the rule of law and constitutionalism is capable of ushering in good governance and societal development. It is equally believed that democracy conforms to the principle of justice, equity and fair-play as a democratic state is based on consent and popular participation. However, since the inception of the Fourth Republic in 1999, it is observed that the prolonged adventure of the military into Nigerian government and politics is such that has permeated the body politics to the effect that observance of basic democratic tenets seems difficult for those saddled with the political power and responsibilities. Thus the political class continues to dispose and demonstrate known military attributes and values in issues that are characteristically civil and democratic. Authoritarianism tendencies continue to shape the character of politics as reflective in limited regard for the constitution and the illiberal dispositions of the political elite and the civil society. Rather than producing good governance and developed the state, the above scenario has resulted in bad governance and has further pauperized the citizenry.
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