HISTORICISING NATIONAL ELECTIONS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTEGRATION IN CONTEMPORARY NIGERIAN STATE: A CENTENARY DISCOURSE

Godwin Onuh Odeh 12 PAGES (7371 WORDS) Article
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This paper attempts a historical exploration of issues of national elections as it impinges on Nigeria’s 
security and integration one hundred years after the famous 1914 amalgamation of the Southern and 
Northern protectorates. Against the backdrop of the country’s challenges of imbalance or lopsided 
federal structure, the usually elevated problems of ethnicity, absence of broadminded leadership, 
minority-majority tussles among others, the nation’s politics has been frequently characterised by 
violent conflicts that manifests itself in form of disastrous post-election crisis. The emotion this raises 
consistently undermines the nation’s philosophy of “unity in diversity” as the foundation of Nigerian 
State has always been threatened and tempted almost beyond the elastic limit of resisting violent ethno￾religious post election crisis. Arising from the recurring nature of this challenges and since the least 
crisis-free elections are those conducted by the military, analysts are almost suggesting that the military 
may be the best option or system of government for Nigerian State, instead of the wrongly copied and 
adopted democracy that has failed in the Nation’s political environment. Examining varying 
perspectives on national integration and gleaning evidences from historical happenings and events in 
Nigerian State for the pasts one hundred years or so the paper makes far-reaching recommendations that
would enable the country stand its feet in curbing or containing issues elections may raise in the next 
one hundred years. 
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APA

Godwin Onuh, O (2020). HISTORICISING NATIONAL ELECTIONS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTEGRATION IN CONTEMPORARY NIGERIAN STATE: A CENTENARY DISCOURSE. Afribary.com: Retrieved November 28, 2020, from https://afribary.com/works/historicising-national-elections-and-their-implications-on-national-security-and-integration-in-contemporary-nigerian-state-a-centenary-discourse

MLA 8th

Odeh, Godwin Onuh. "HISTORICISING NATIONAL ELECTIONS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTEGRATION IN CONTEMPORARY NIGERIAN STATE: A CENTENARY DISCOURSE" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 06 Jul. 2020, https://afribary.com/works/historicising-national-elections-and-their-implications-on-national-security-and-integration-in-contemporary-nigerian-state-a-centenary-discourse . Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

MLA7

Odeh, Godwin Onuh. "HISTORICISING NATIONAL ELECTIONS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTEGRATION IN CONTEMPORARY NIGERIAN STATE: A CENTENARY DISCOURSE". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 06 Jul. 2020. Web. 28 Nov. 2020. < https://afribary.com/works/historicising-national-elections-and-their-implications-on-national-security-and-integration-in-contemporary-nigerian-state-a-centenary-discourse >.

Chicago

Odeh, Godwin Onuh. "HISTORICISING NATIONAL ELECTIONS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTEGRATION IN CONTEMPORARY NIGERIAN STATE: A CENTENARY DISCOURSE" Afribary.com (2020). Accessed November 28, 2020. https://afribary.com/works/historicising-national-elections-and-their-implications-on-national-security-and-integration-in-contemporary-nigerian-state-a-centenary-discourse