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Nigeria's Fourth Republic, 1999-2021, a militarized democracy, Michael Nwankpa

"This book reflects on Nigeria's fourth republic, the country's longest democratic period since it gained independence from Great Britain. It argues that although constitutional or political democracy has lasted for over two decades in Nigeria and seen three successful democratic changes of power, Nigeria's democracy remains largely militarized. During Nigeria's fourth republic, political and socio-economic affairs have been increasingly dominated by a pervasive military presence and ideology, which has seen a redistribution of resources and government funds away from social programs into an increase in security budgets, weapons proliferation, and internal military interventions and occupations. This institutionalization of violence has turned the country into a national security state where rule of force and violence rather than dialogue and compassion reflect everyday reality. Whilst acknowledging the history of militarization during colonial and military rule, this book makes a compelling argument for considering the distinct character of the Nigerian nation state's path to militarization over the last 20 years of experimentation with democracy. This book's fresh insights into the fourth republic's path to militarization will be of interest to researchers of African politics, security and development"-- Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
General Introduction: Nigeria's Militarized Democracy -- The Colonial Legacy Argument -- The Military Rule Legacy Argument -- Beyond the Colonial and Military Rule Narratives -- Non-State Armed Groups, Resistance Movements and the Militarised State -- Patriarchy and Nigeria's Gendered Security -- Militarisation and Nigeria's Foreign Policy -- Conclusion: Building a Stable and Demilitarised Democracy: Threats and Opportunities
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (197 pages)
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