CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS OF DEMOCRATIC MODELS AND DEVELOPMENTS IN NIGERIA’S POLITICAL CONTEXT BETWEEN 1999 AND 2015

By

ADELEKE GBADEBO FATAI
Department of Sociology
Osun State University, Osogbo
E-mail: lekegbade@yahoo.com

SUMMARY

Modern democratic models have become a system widely accepted across the globalised world and is perceived as parameter to measure the level of development. Studies were concerned about democratic principles and apparatus, only a few considering the effective practices of the system toward development in less-developing structure like Nigeria. This paper, therefore, examined the democratic models, developments; it also identified some lapses in Nigeria’s democratic and political dispensations. The paper found out that certain lapses were associated with the practice, which often led to political, social and religious crises, hence causing little improvement on standards of living of common citizens. Though, the system is alien to the culture of the people; it still failed to take cognisance of the socio-cultural background toward these democratic models and institutions. The paper concludes that the low participation of citizens in many political and democratic activities indicate non-endorsement of the system. There is a need to develop modern democratic models with indigenous traditional systems that can integrate all ethnics and improve the standard of living of Nigerian citizens.

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Posted in VOLUME 18 NO.2 SEPTEMBER 2016.

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