THE ISSUES OF INTERGRATION AND MAGINALIZATION IN A FEDERATION: SOUTH-SOUTH QUESTION IN NIGERIAN POLITICS

OLANREWAJU, JOHN (2015) THE ISSUES OF INTERGRATION AND MAGINALIZATION IN A FEDERATION: SOUTH-SOUTH QUESTION IN NIGERIAN POLITICS. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE, VOLVI (6). pp. 1-16. ISSN ISSN: 0976 – 1195 (Unpublished)

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ABSTRACT One of the major problems of federal system is the issue of integration and marginalization. Nigeria has been battling with this problem right from independence because the country is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world with over 250 ethnic linguistic groups, some of which are bigger than many independent states of contemporary Africa, and this is not unconnected with the adoption of federalism because it is often believed that federalism is a remedy to manage a segmented society. With the adoption of federalism in Nigeria the problem of marginalization has become a reoccurring phenomenon. South- South question in Nigeria represents a high profile case in terms of minority marginalization, it became public knowledge with discovery of oil in Olobiri in commercial quantity. Not only that, the South -South agitation in Nigeria is primarily based on quest for resource control as a result of oil discovery in the region while the conflict in Niger Delta has its roots in the increasing protest of the region against their political, economic and environmental disenfranchisement. The Militias have become increasingly violent both towards one another and towards civilians; kidnapping victims which include not just oil workers, but also children and other people who are not associated with oil industry. The main thrust of this paper is to historicize the crisis in the Niger Delta, find out the causes as well as their implications on Nigerian State through the secondary source data. Keywords: Marginalization, Integration, Federalism, Niger Delta, Nigeria.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Education
Depositing User: JOHN OLANREWAJU
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 16:55
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 16:55
URI: http://eprints.lmu.edu.ng/id/eprint/571

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