External Forces, Democracy and Underdevelopment in Nigeria: A Prognosis
Uploaded by: Prof. Nnadozie Onyema Uchechukwu
The world today, it is said, is a global village. An incident in one country or continent not only affects the whole continent but river-berates in other parts of the world. Indeed, the globalization process has obsoleted the isolationist policy of some states. It therefore follows that states must take into cognizance happenings and treads in the international arena in fashioning their policies and programmes but must also evaluate the policies and programmes to keep abreast of changed in those happenings and trends. This evaluation is very necessary in order to minimize the implications of this global process and also maximize the positive effects on the societies.
For Third World Countries such as Nigeria, this is more necessary due to their high vulnerability to external forces and influences occasioned by weak socio-economic base, dependent state system and corrupt and inept leadership. In Nigeria, for instance, there is hardly any national event or state policy or programme of importance that is not impacted upon or influenced by external (mainly western) forces. Given this scenario therefore it is not possible to discuss the practice and process of democracy and development without reference to external forces and their impacts on them. Indeed, as shall be established in this paper, it can be asserted that the practice and process of democracy and development in Nigeria are directed and conditioned by external, mainly western forces.