Minority Rights and the National Question in Nigeria

  • Uyilawa Usuanlele
  • Bonny Ibhawoh

Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Uyilawa Usuanlele, Bonny Ibhawoh
    Pages 1-14
  3. Minorities, Colonialism and Decolonization

  4. Minorities and Postcolonial Politics

  5. Minorities and Contemporary Nation-Building

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 247-253

About this book


This book offers a thematic study of key debates in the history of the ethnic politics, democratic governance, and minority rights in Nigeria. Nigeria provides a framework for examining the central paradox in post-colonial nation building projects in Africa – the tension between majority rule and minority rights. The liberal democratic model on which most African states were founded at independence from colonial rule, and to which they continue to aspire, is founded on majority rule. It is also founded on the protection of the rights of minority groups to political participation, social inclusion and economic resources. Maintaining this tenuous balance between majority rule and minority rights has, in the decades since independence, become the key national question in many African countries, perhaps none more so than Nigeria. This volume explores these issues, focusing on four key themes as they relate to minority rights in Nigeria: ethnic and religious identities, nationalism and federalism, political crises and armed conflicts. 


Ethnic and minority rights in Africa postcolonial African history Nigerian identity The National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons Muslim Hausa-Fulani ethnic group

Editors and affiliations

  • Uyilawa Usuanlele
    • 1
  • Bonny Ibhawoh
    • 2
  1. 1.State University of New York at OswegoOswegoUSA
  2. 2.McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-50629-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-50630-2
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