NIGERIA: A NATION IN SEARCH OF SUSTAINABLE POLITICAL CULTURE BUILT ON SOUND IDEOLOGY.
- ETHNIC POLITICS,
- PARTY POLITICS,
- COMMUNAL SOCIALISM
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Nigeria is the creation of the British Colonial Government. Prior to the era of Colonialism, the entity that presently constitute Nigeria were diversified, although closely observed mutual trading relationship, but politically heterogeneous as well. Among them, cultural relationship differs but peaceful co-habitation was maintained. Trade that attracted the British and other European Nations to Africa gave way to the exercise of political domination, when the later became credible instrument to Economic control. Economic maximization saw the Europeans infringing on Natives political institution. The consequences of that was the imposition of strange political systems that was alien to the Natives. The pains of abandoning the age long traditional political institution left the colonists at war at various times with the indigenous people, who have no charity to embrace the new political arrangement. The emergence of the educated elites among the Natives created a class of people who were desperate to sustain the newly introduced party politics of the foreigners as an opportunity to remain politically relevant. The direct consequences of that was further relegation of the Native political institution to background in the political equation. In effect, several years after political independence, Nigeria has not been able to detach herself from the influences of the traditional system of Government; neither has it been able to embrace or create workable system of Government that can accommodate the two. It is in the light of the above challenges that the paper has offered lead ways toward creating directions to sustainable ideological based Political Culture.