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Consociational policy as an impetus to Nigeria’s federal character

Soba, Nasir Haruna and Abdul Rahman, Mohd Fitri (2016) Consociational policy as an impetus to Nigeria’s federal character. In: International Conference on Government & Public Affairs 2016 (ICOGPA2016), October 5th - 6th, 2016, School of Government, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia.

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Nigeria is country with a population of about 170 million people extracted from over 370 different ethnic groups.These ethnic groups are mainly Muslims and Christians with a minority traditionalist.The country is divided into 36 states with an unequal population among them. However, the same numbers of slots are allocated to the state in all public institutions without any regard to population sizes of the states.This system creates a feeling of marginalization and domination especially from the states with larger population.Additionally, each state of the federation according to the constitution must have at least 1 minister in the federal cabinet.However, the ethnicity or religion of prospective ministers is not accorded any significance.This system therefore creates a feeling of marginalisation and domination especially from the minority ethnic groups as well as lack of religious imbalance in the appointment of ministers in the country.Thus, it became imperative to find out if there is justice in the treatment of un-equals equally. The objective is to suggest on a more equitable formula for the allocation of slots to all the states. To achieve this, a one-on-one semi-structured interview was conducted on 10 respondents.The findings revealed that proportional representation where by the actual population size of each state will determine the number of slots allocated to the state as well as ethno-religious balancing of ministerial cabinet are quite appealing with the capacity to alleviate if not eliminate the feelings of marginalization and domination expressed across the country.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN 978-983-44661-7-6 Organized by: School Of Government, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Sintok Kedah, Malaysia.
Uncontrolled Keywords: consociationalism, domination, grand coalition, proportional representation, marginalization.
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: School of Government
Depositing User: Dr. Mohd Fitri Abdul Rahman
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2016 07:17
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2016 07:17

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