ERIC Number: EJ877245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Impact of Godfatherism on Nigerian Politics and Administration: Anambra and Oyo States Experiences
Oviasuyi, Pat. Osa.
Educational Research Quarterly, v33 n2 p73-87 Dec 2009
There has been a lot of crises in Nigerian politics and Administration--a crisis of confidence in our elected officials, a lost of faith in our democratic government and an increasing frustration at government, and more also, an increasing frustration at the irrelevance of individual's vote in our political process. All these crises are crises caused by the unholy alliance of godfatherism (Ikejiani, 2006). This study is an appraisal of godfatherism in Nigerian politics and administration with reference to the problems which includes--creating a political process in which vested interest predominate, and the public interest is forgotten and influencing the outcome of public policies to the interest of few (godfathers) and to the detriment of the Nigerian populace. This study recommends that if godfatherism must be stamped out of our political and administrative systems, corruptive tendencies which increases the financial base of the godfathers by creating a wide range of problems in our politics and administration must be tackled head-on because they use such moneys to place their godsons and proteges in various positions of government. The study concluded that there is the need for an increased confidence in the duly elected officials and also increase faith in the democratization process. Electorates should be allowed to vote for their preferred candidates during elections without intimidation by political thugs who are part of the instruments of godfatherism.
Descriptors: Elections, Political Influences, Public Policy, Social Systems, Foreign Countries, Democracy, Political Power, Political Candidates, Ethics, Credibility
Behavioral Research Press. Grambling State University, Math Department, P.O. Box 1191, Grambling, LA 71245. Tel: 318-274-2425; Web site: http://www.gram.edu/education/erq/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Nigeria