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The Nigerian Wars, Regional Crises and Ethnic Disturbances: Policy Responses and Democratic Implications


  • Nwaobi, Godwin


Nigeria was incorporated in 1914 when Frederick Lugard(First Governor-General) amalgamated the two British protectorates of Northern and Southern Nigeria and the Crown colony of Lagos into a single entity. The primary reason for almalgamation was economic rather than political. It is therefore, a matter for great regret that this country(Nigeria)has suffered as a result of the all pervasive disunity that has characterised all government action since our accession to independence in 1960. This disunity has distorted, complicated and to a large extent stultified every developmental effort undertaken by government. This paper therefore argues that the much celebrated Nigerian reform progress might be a rhetorics or much ado about nothing. And that the 'BB-, BB AND B'rating of the Nigerian economy might have been a baseless exercise. Consequently, the paper recommends the adoption of e-governance(development as a therapy for a heterogenous and divisible nation such as Nigeria(ceteris paribus).

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  • Nwaobi, Godwin, 2006. "The Nigerian Wars, Regional Crises and Ethnic Disturbances: Policy Responses and Democratic Implications," MPRA Paper 96, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:96

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    war; nigeria; biafra; ethnicity; trabalism; regional; crises; disturbances; policy; democracy; governance; e-voting; elections; economy; corruption; coup; constitution; niger delta;

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    • P35 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Public Finance
    • P43 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Finance; Public Finance

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