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Emerging Governance Crises in Twenty-First Century Nigeria

  • Samuel Chukwudi Agunyai


Nigeria’s fourth republic, which began in 1999, was ushered in amidst great hope and expectations, with a large chunk of the population believing it would herald the dawn of good governance in the country. Nevertheless, 16 years later, the nation’s political leaders have not shown any clear evidence of good governance. Despite a change in government in 2015, indicators of good governance have continued to be elusive. In Nigeria, good governance has been repeatedly threatened by disrespect for the rule of law, non-adherence to court judgements and incompetent political appointees whose only actions are to make accusations against the past government. This study examines the inherent governance crisis in Nigeria and surmises that corruption and the placing of the interests of political leaders over those of the nation undermine good governance in Nigeria.


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  • Samuel Chukwudi Agunyai
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-IfeNigeria

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