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
  • Published Articles: 357

Full Length Research Paper

Nigerian morbid federalism and demand for political restructuring

ABADA Ifeanyichukwu Michael
  • ABADA Ifeanyichukwu Michael
  • Department of Political Science, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria.
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OKAFOR Nneka Ifeoma
  • OKAFOR Nneka Ifeoma
  • Department of Philosophy, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria.
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Tr. OMEH Paul Hezekiah
  • Tr. OMEH Paul Hezekiah
  • Department of Political Science, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 05 December 2019
  •  Accepted: 27 January 2020
  •  Published: 31 March 2020

Abstract

The foundation of Nigeria’s problems lies in its historical development. This is linked to the swift design by predatory colonial masters aimed at achieving their political economy in colonialization of Africa. Sequel to the amalgamation of the southern and northern protectorates in 1914, Nigeria’s minimal state has continued to witness serial and intractable agitations, political interplays and intrigues and aspirations of statesmen and nationalists turned into defensive, mutual distrusts and regionalized. The social formation was at disequilibrium, hence, heightening the rate of agitations from different quarters. More worrisome is ever increasing calls for reformulation and restructuring of ailing Nigerian federal practice characterized by centripetal forces. However, it is based on this backdrop that the paper sets to interrogate the organic composition of Nigerian federalism; constitutional conferences and logic of political restructuring and the implications of Nigerians’ perceptive on restructuring question. Methodologically, the paper appropriated documentary method and data were ostensibly generated through secondary sources of data collection and analyzed in content. The theoretical framework of analysis for the study was adequately anchored on the classical political economy paradigm as pioneered by Karl Marx; and validated through the writings of Ake, Alavi and Ifesinachi. The findings of the study had significantly revealed that federalism in Nigeria is more or less a feeding bottle system. Also implicated is that Nigerian state has failed to foster social engineering and nation-building, thereby enhancing agitations for restructuring. The paper recommends the need to devolve powers to other tiers of government other than concentration of power at center.

 

Key words: Morbid federalism, minimal state, Nigeria, restructuring, national development.