African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007

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“A nation which refuses to learn from foreign cultures is nothing but a nation of idiots and lunatics. Mankind could not progress at all if we all refused to learn from each other. But [this] …does not mean we should abandon our own [to embrace] the sort of learning from which we can benefit is the kind which can help us to perfect and broaden our own culture” (Nyerere 1966: 187). The question, “Is there a Global IR...


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Democratic Elections and Legitimacy Crisis in African Political Systems. Enhancing Election Credibility towards Fair Vote

Wide participation of citizens in the selection of leaders into public offices lends credibility to democratic system and enhances the level of acceptance of the elected leaders among citizens. However, the increasing volume of invalid votes in the recent times has cast lots of doubts on the level of citizen’s participation in the national elections in Sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore, the study explored vote counts and...


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The Democracy Deficit in the Effort to Resolve the Niger Delta Question in Nigeria

This paper reflects on the inadequacy of democratic principles in the effort to resolve the Niger Delta question in Nigeria. Beyond the ethnic, regional and general sectional basis of the desire for restructuring generally in Nigeria, the theory of federal democracy provides a foundation for understanding and addressing those agitations. We focus on the agitations in the oil rich Niger Delta that is core to the agitations...


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Youth and Political Socialization in Ethiopia: Thirty Years Balance Sheet

Political Socialization determines the future strength and weakness of one’s country leadership and societal solidarity. The aim of this paper is to investigate youth’s political socialization in Ethiopia since 1990s. The study use qualitative research approach. To achieve the intended goals secondary sources of data were collected from books, journal articles, academic curriculums, reports, newspapers, magazines and media...


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Uganda and the Refugee Problem: Challenges and Opportunities

Uganda is one of the top refugee hosting countries in Africa and the world. It has been praised as a generous country with progressive refugee policies and laws that reflect the country’s national, regional and international obligations. However, a number of challenges ranging from increasing refugee numbers, protracted refugee situations, the burden of hosting of refugees, to limited resources and little international...

Author(s):Mbarara University of Science and Technology

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Analysis of Political Parties’ Ideologies Influencing Public Policy Formulation in Uganda’s Nascent Hydrocarbon Industry

Abstract This study examined political parties’ ideologies influencing public policy formulation in Uganda’s nascent hydrocarbon industry. The study followed the four research objectives, research questions and hypotheses. The researcher applied a descriptive cross-sectional survey research design to guide the study. The research adopted both quantitative and qualitative approaches and data was collected from 218...

Author(s):Kisii University

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China’s Engagement in the Promotion of Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa: An Interplay of Big Power Responsibility and Geopolitical Interest

The Horn of Africa is a term given to the geographic map in the North East part of the African continent. In its wider spatial conception, geopolitical significance, communalities of challenges of peace and security, the nature of state politics and relations, the fluctuating nature of conflict and cooperation, as well as convergence and divergences of interests, the region encompasses eight countries. The region connects...

Author(s):PhD Candidate

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Wolaytta’s Quest for Statehood: A Historical Overview and Analysis of Contemporary Quests for Regional Statehood in Ethiopia’s Federation

The article examines the public service motivations and its impact on the academic performance of students using four schools: St. Louis Senior High, Asanteman Senior High, Osei Kyeretwie Senior High and Achinakrom Senior High Schools which are category A, B, C, and D schools respectively as cases for study. Comparative case study design that employed both closed and open ended questions was used as instrument to collect...

Author(s):social anthropologist and a lecturer at Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia

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Teachers’ Public Service Motivation and the Academic Performance of Students in Second Cycle Institutions of Ghana

The article examines the public service motivations and its impact on the academic performance of students using four schools: St. Louis Senior High, Asanteman Senior High, Osei Kyeretwie Senior High and Achinakrom Senior High Schools which are category A, B, C, and D schools respectively as cases for study. Comparative case study design that employed both closed and open ended questions was used as instrument to collect...

Author(s):Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

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There was a global attention on Nigeria in the runoff to the 2015 general election given the implications of the outcome of the election not only for Nigeria but for Africa as a continent. This is because of the history of electoral violence in Nigeria, and the near state collapse in the country due to the Boko Harram insurgency in the north-eastern part of Nigeria. Thus, the successful conduct of the election would not...

Author(s):Olamide, Temitayo OJOGBEDE, Aluko, Opeyemi Idowu, Oladeji, Isaac Olayide

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Representation of Somalia in Western Media: The Piracy Case and BBC

Somalia has been a chaotic situation for the last two decades, civil war broke in 1999 after dethroned central government of Somalia by an armed clan functions, many people lost their lives or their beloved ones and thousands internally displaced others fled to neighboring countries. The humanitarian situation of the displaced people became the worst one in the region. This is attracted the eyes of international donors,...


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Contrary to the stereotypical notion that a "failed" state also results in complete economic collapse, Somalia is a classic example of a vibrant economy without any functioning government institutions. For the Somali people, the informal economy has emerged not only as a daily survival mechanism; it also represents their resiliency and determination to make the best out of the worst situations. In addition to serving as...

Author(s):Chen Jau-Yon

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The Igbo, Marginalization And Emergence Of Sectarian Groups In South-East, Nigeria, 1999 - 2018

The paper investigated the Igbo, their alleged cases of marginalization in the politics of Nigeria and emergence of sectarian groups in South East, Nigeria. The Igbo ethnic nationality is located in the South East, Nigeria. The Igbo is highly numerous and populous, with abundance of natural and mineral resources which contributes so much to Nigeria’s national development. Besides, a good number of the Igbo have made and...

Author(s):Alozie, Cyprian C.

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Drivers of Political Radicalization and De-radicalization of Terrorism in Northern Nigeria

This article sheds more light on the role of states and the bearing which political and elite interests may have exerted on public support for Boko Haram. It examines the political, socio-economic, and ideological context of the crisis and moves on to map the two dominant de-radicalization approaches; top-down and bottom-up approaches. The article exposes the fault lines of realism’s top-down approaches toward national...

Author(s):Neba Ridley Ngwa

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Consolidating Achievements and Making Smooth Transition to Democracy in Ethiopia: A Beginning from Dead End

Ethiopia has been experiencing extreme and repeated mass protests, uprising and society-government relationship crisis over the past two to three decades. The absolute dominance of a single vanguard party, EPRDF as well as the absence of fair representation of Ethiopian nations, nationalities and peoples at federal institutions resulted power dominance by single ethnic group, deterioration of institutions and political...

Author(s):Kena Deme Jebessa

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Understanding Rural Violence in North-Central Nigeria: Experience from Nomadic Herdsmen and Rural Farmers

This study examines rural violence in north central Nigeria with experience from nomadic herdsmen and rural farmers. The objective of the study is to deepen knowledge on dynamics of rural violence by identifying and analyzing prevalence of the rural violence , as well as its impact on rural farmers and food crop production. In particular, the study seeks to identify possible efforts by the Nigerian government to...

Author(s):Luke A Amadi, Good Hope Igwe, Uche Ukachikara

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Genocide vs. Civil War?

The Rwandan Genocide has been at the forefront of many studies and used as example in countless others and with subjects as varied as conflict, racial hatred, tribal wars, reconstruction, rehabilitation, peace process. Since it happened it is the fourth genocide that has earned this appellation in the UN. This study aims to challenge the generally accepted view that is a genocide pure and simple using three different...

Author(s):Alexandra David

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“Developing World” and the New World Order: Strategies for Ending Dependency Syndrome

The study in “Developing World” and dependency is not a mere intellectual exercise. It is about the contests of nations and the wily scheming of states and other actors that have on one hand made masters of some people and on the others permanently consigned them into a dependent race since the last five hundred years. This paper is intended to summarize in review, many of the enlightened opinions on this issue with...

Author(s):Dickson, Emmanuel Ekpe

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The Role of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commissions in Combating Corruption in Ethiopia: The case of Amhara National Regional State Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission

Corruption is one of the burning issue and impediments for the prevalence of democracy, good governance and sustainable development in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government is aware of the severity of consequences of corruption and regarded it as a compulsive necessity to prevent it. In response to this the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commissions (EACC) emerged as anticorruption authority for the struggle to create a...

Author(s):Erestu Legese Beyene, Taye Demssie Beshah

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Assessing participation in urban land administration: The case of Abi Adi Town, Ethiopia

Land is a single greatest resource of any society so there is a need to ensure good governance in land administration. Efficient, effective, accountable, transparent, participatory and responsive land administration services are as much about the administration of land as they are about the civil service that operates within any country. The general objective of the study was to assess the participation of the populace in...

Author(s):Yohannes Hailu

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This study seeks to investigate Nigeria’s foreign policy objectives in Africa and the world. Nigeria has employed several means-one of which is reliance on diplomacy of peacekeeping operations. However, one may be tempted to ask, in whose interests are Nigeria’s national interests? Also, what has Nigeria been able to achieve as a country and for its citizens? Hence, this study aims to answer the following research...


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How Religious Institutions, as Pressure Groups, in Turkey and Pakistan Shape Policies?

Religious institutions have currently emerged as more powerful actors than ever before in many Muslim countries. This matter necessitates reassessing the role of religious institutions in policy making processes in such countries. This paper is a comparative study, employing the ‘Most Similar System Design’ to analyze the role of the religious institutions, as pressure groups, in policy-making processes in Pakistan and...

Author(s):Nader Ganji and Kioomars Ashtarian

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Security Agencies and the Challenges of Insecurity in Nigeria

This paper examines the multiple security challenges confronting the Nigerian state with serious security implications for her national security and corporate existence. This is with the view to aptly interrogate the roles of the security agencies especially the Nigerian police and army saddled with the responsibility of enforcing laws and order and defending the territorial integrity of the country from any form of...


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The politics and problem of fiscal federalism and revenue allocation formula in Nigeria: Who should get what, how, when and why?

This paper joins the debate on the fiscal policy of the Nigerian government in terms of the revenue allocation formula of the federating units which has been a recurring theme in the country’s political existence. A review of revenue allocation formulas shows that the tools used as a measure to allocate and distribute revenue had been more of political gerrymandering, with each regime choosing which formula suits them...

Author(s):Basil Chijioke Onuoha, Ufomba Henry, Samuel Etteudo Imoh

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The triumph of the Futungo and the end of Angola’s Constitutional Paradox. The 2010 Angolan Constitution in comparative perspective.

This article argues that Angola’s new presidentialist regime, enshrined in the 2010 Constitution, its not an innovation per se but instead the outcome of an old political ambition of the MPLA elite. We will demonstrate that these new presidential features were already de facto in place before 2010, although without any constitutional update, and it was only due to Luanda’s Government legalist behaviour, the need to display...

Author(s):Malik Usman Rashid

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The Bio-Politics of (Dis) placement in Sudan: Realpolitik and power behind the IDPs’ regimes

Two points can be pre-introduced for this paper. Firstly, according to “natural” disasters, government policies and internal conflicts Sudan is a country with the highest number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world. Secondly, the process of south Sudan secession/independence into a new state witnesses the largest number of population movement and relocation in Sudan modern history. These two points make it...


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Social media and political development in Nigeria: The 2015 general election experience

The emergence of the internet as the new mass medium of the 21st century now changes the mass media substantially. With increasing knowledge of the computer and internet, and invention of many devices in Information Communication Technology (ICT), politicians as well as the electorate embrace the use of social media platforms for communicating political issues. This paper examines social media and political development in...

Author(s):Ajibade Olalekan Eyitayo, Ajayi Toluwalope Oluwatostin and Lamidi Oluwatobi Ayotunde

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The extremist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, is now feared for its ability to mount both ‘low-scale’ and audacious attacks in Nigeria. This study attempts a consensual explanation of the defects of Nigerian federalism to extrapolate the emergence of the Boko Haram terrorism. The study is descriptive and data obtained from secondary sources. It was found that the insurgence is a manifestation of frustration on account of...

Author(s):Ola Temitope

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Electronic government (e-government) and public service delivery in Nigeria: A web index analysis

The use of information and communication technology (ICT) to provide public services had rapidly been on the increase. The world had witnessed a sharp rise in the number of countries using electronic government (e-Government) to provide public services online, especially through one-stop-platforms. This study examined online public service delivery in Nigeria, using web measurement approach. Seven (7) Federal Ministries,...

Author(s):Afees Olumide Hassan

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‘A kasa’, ‘A Tsare’ ‘A Raka’, aKuma‘Jira’ (Vote, Guard, Escort and Wait until Results are announced): The Buhari’s Political Campaign Speech and Slogan in Perspectives

Campaign speeches are vital tools which politicians use to express their views and feelings to the electorates with views to convincing, appealing, changing or reshaping and redirecting the electorate opinions to agree with theirs. It is usually laden with emotion and has the effect of causing the electorate to have a change of mind on some issues. Since Buhari’s metamorphosis into politics, a new era of campaign speech...

Author(s):Shehu Hashimu

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As the beat goes on in Syria, is there an exit route?

On 18 December, 2015 the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2254 (2015) that endorsed a Road Map for Peace Process and a Timetable for peace talks in Syria. The resolution calls for a “cessation of hostilities” between forces loyal to President Bashar-al- Assad and opposition groups and a political settlement in the country. Also, the resolution envisions the formation of a unity government and calls for an...

Author(s):Osaretin Idahosa

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Political party finance in Nigeria has been a subject discourse among scholars, politicians and civil society organisations in recent time. This is not only because of the currency of the concept, but as a result of the important roles it plays in democratic process across different political settings. The roles of money in the viability of political parties, advancement of democracy and democratization to a large extent,...

Author(s):Oluwadare Ayeni

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The Politics of Leadership Innstability in Nigeria's Senate, 1999-2011

The legislature in Nigeria has not lived up to its bidden. Over the years this arm of government has suffered most from the frequent military interventions since 1966. Its powers are usually usurped by the executive arm under every military regime, thereby making its growth stunted and its members immature. Even under democratic governments, the legislature continues to suffer from similar ills, but this time from...


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A Functional Analysis of the 2011 NN24 Nigerian Presidential Debate

This paper applies the Functional Theory of Political Campaign Discourse to the 2011 Network News 24 presidential debate. Three of the four leading candidates participated: Muhammadu Buhari (Congress for Progressive Change), Nuhu Ribadu (Action Congress of Nigeria), and Ibrahim Shekarau (All Nigeria Peoples Party). These candidates acclaimed (69%) more frequently than they attacked (27%) or defended (4%). They discussed...


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The Nigeria’s Foreign Policy and Establishment of the ECOWAS, 1960-1975: A Study in Diplomatic History

This article seeks to analyze the comparative initiatives undertaken by certain West African countries and international organizations with a view to integrating the sub-region between 1960 and 1975. It contends that the initiatives could not succeed in creating an inclusive sub-regional organization because the countries that spearheaded them lacked dynamic foreign policy, financial and human resources to pursue such...


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ABSTRACT Democratic principles and ideals are becoming entrenched across sub-Saharan Africa while voters' turnout, an important ingredient has been a steady decline in Nigeria. Although, the professionals are presumed to be the conscience of human societies, however, little attention is paid to their voting behaviour. This study, therefore, examines the voting behaviour of professionals in south western, Nigeria. The...

Author(s):Adeleke Gbadebo Fatai

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Non- traditional Security: The new Outlook towards State Centric Approach

Abstract Security issues in international relations, particularly during the era of the cold war, were and had been dominated by the realist paradigm which saw the preservation of the state from external threat. Such conception of security provided a very myopic and narrow understanding of the security problem of states. During the past decade, attempts are being made to broaden the security agenda to include not only...

Author(s):Ningthoujam koiremba

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This study sets out to examine the relationship between the youths and violence in the region with particular reference to maritime dimension of the violence. The study adopts the Frustration-Aggression and Basic Human Needs theories of conflict and reveals that the incessant cases of maritime crime is the result of long time feeling of neglect and marginalisation in the Niger Delta. The youths felt the region has been...

Author(s):Pabon Baribene

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Assessing the Applicability of the Capability Approach to Zimbabwe’s Social Reality

The paper asserts that there are certain basic necessities and needs that are missing in the Zimbabwean society. The missing components are within the social, economic and political spheres. In definitive terms, the paper argues that there are some basic needs, necessities and freedoms that individuals in society should enjoy are trampled upon. In a sense, the well-being of individuals are stifled and as such, the paper...


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Hamas: Origins, Ideological Orientations and Evolving Tactics

Hamas has started as militant movement for liberation of Palestine. It has operated totally on charter at beginning. Hamas engaged in social activities for Palestinian and soon get popularity. But Hamas did not participate in politics (Elections) till 1996. In 2006, Hamas has to decide to participate in elections and participated. After the result, Hamas became victorious party and formed the government in Gaza Strip....


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The return to democratic governance in Nigeria in 1999 after 16years of military rule 1983-1999) was facilitated by a constellation of factors. One of these factors was the sanctions imposed on the country by the international community, notably, the Commonwealth European Union, United states and Canada, on account of serious human rights violations, repression of opposition (NADECO), unfavourable political climate,...


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Transition from Civil War to Peace: The Role of the United Nations and International Community in Mozambique

Today most armed conflicts occur within states and not between them. These conflicts are more difficult to solve than international conflicts and often reoccur. What factors can help prevent warring parties from reverting to violence and instead create a sustainable peace? Does sustainable peace require support from the “outside”? Or is it most likely to succeed when driven from the “inside”? What lessons can other...

Author(s):Ayokunu Adedokun

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The Effects of Chieftaincy and Land Conflicts on the Socio-political Development of Northern Ghana

This paper assesses the effects of inter-ethnic chieftaincy and land conflicts on the socio-political development of northern Ghana. The paper examines the theoretical antecedents of these conflicts and what could to be done to achieve lasting peace. Methodologically, the study makes use of content analysis of secondary data, by following the tenets of the realistic group conflict theory. Examples were drawn from the...


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The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the Foreign Aid and the experience of United Kingdom

This paper presents an examination of the arguments why the UK government is committed to increasing its Foreign Aid spending to 0.7% of GNI. The study examines the facts around UK’s Foreign Aid policy and how the Aid is used. Further, it explores the theoretical basis for the arguments posed for and against foreign Aid and how these are relevant to the UK’s situation today. The UK’s decision to act contrary to the...


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Is it not yet time to emancipate from the word “democracy”?

The deception associated with the word, ‘democracy’ has become a point of discussion for modern day’s scholars of political economy. The word has only found valued for liberal democracies and is considered undervalued for other systems which are perceived as non-democratic despite of the fact that this specific word has also been used for other systems of governance as well. This article aimed to show whether the word...

Author(s):Bin Amin Umar

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Debunking the developmental state in Ethiopia: Seven (07) un-learned/wrongly learned lessons from the East Asian developmental states

This paper raises the question: Has the Ethiopian developmental state learned the lessons of the East Asian developmental states between the lines and to the end in order to claim to be a truly developmental state? Also, based on a re-collection of some seven (07) ‘bundles of lessons’ from the East Asian developmental states and an examination of the Ethiopian developmental state against such historical backdrop, the paper...

Author(s):Seife Hailu Gebreslassie

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Multi-National corporations, the idea of sovereign state and local community: Analysis on mining scenario in the Junin District of Ecuador

The article was written to show the interplay between the state, mining multinational corporations (MNCs) and local community in Ecuador, with the central objective of showing the changing role of nation-state in environmental governance. It was organized in the following way. Firstly it addressed a sovereign nation-state in retrospect and its association with the natural environment. This encompassed the behavior of...

Author(s):Bimir Mathias Nigatu

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Stakeholder participation in monitoring and evaluation of district assembly projects and programmes: The Savelugu-Nanton municipal assembly in perspective

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) aid in promoting greater transparency and accountability and a response to the growing demand for organisations to improve project and programme outcomes and impacts. The beneficial spill over of PM&E has the effect of illuminating on results while giving stakeholders a clearer sense of the status of projects and programmes while the ability to demonstrate positive results can...

Author(s):Alhassan Baba Musah, Sulemana Mohammed, Kanlisi Kaba Simon

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The impact of corruption and injustice on the good governance in Nigeria: Growth and development

The development of Nigeria’s democracy becomes repressed as a result of the combination of the general malaise of endemic corruption and systemic failure in all ramifications. Few countries of the world are as much endowed with human and natural resources as Nigeria. Governments are already failing to meet their immediate obligations of payment of salaries and maintaining the structures of governance thus signaling the...

Author(s):Bolanle, W. Shiyanbade

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Analysis of online reactions to the proscription of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as terrorist organization

Classification of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organization has been condemned by those who felt government went overboard. The voice of these individuals and groups are so strident that it seemingly drowned the support accorded the proscription by those who believe that IPOB deserved to be so labelled. These divergent positions of newsmakers were examined since as opinion moulders, they greatly...

Author(s):Anthony C. Ekwueme and Ugochukwu S. Ugwuanyi

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