NIGERIA’S FEDERALISM AND THE EVOLUTIONARY SETBACKS STUNTING PRESENT OPERATIONS
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Keywords

Federalism
Governance
Nigeria
Setbacks

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Babagana Lawan Abba, & Lawan Cheri. (2018). NIGERIA’S FEDERALISM AND THE EVOLUTIONARY SETBACKS STUNTING PRESENT OPERATIONS. Unimaid Journal of Public Law, 5(2), 255 - 268. Retrieved from http://journals.unimaid.edu.ng/index.php/unimaid-journal-of-public-law/article/view/97

Abstract

This study is essentially conceptual in nature. It examines the evolution of federalism in Nigeria and the issues attached to operating the federal form of governance. To accurately account for the circumstances and realities that paved the way to the adoption of the federal system, the paper chose to account for federalism right from its birth to its present meaning. In doing so, the paper clarifies that federalism exists as a concept and also as a practice. The paper argues that the two are different, and as such, different accounts were granted to both. Secondary data source was utilized to navigate spatially across different scholars viewpoints. Adoption of Federal System of governance for Nigeria was more a matter of exigency than conscious design; though British conquerors arrived Nigeria in 1861 it was not until 1946 that federal formations were conceived –Richards Constitution- and established in 1954. The decolonization period (1952 to 1960) however only sow the seed of perpetual distrust and contempt among the regions established by the London and Lagos conferences of 1953 and 1954 respectively. Although Nigeria saw the switch from powerful regions (and, hence, weak centre) to powerful centre and to balanced set-up, one unique social feature of the country’s federation is the tendency of its people to most often align themselves with their localities than the nation in whole (hence fuelling the fire that divides the Nation). This paper recommends more perseverance with federal experiment through increased sacrifices by all the states -federating units- of the federal Nigeria

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