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Political Succession in Nigeria: Problematizing the Issues

By Prof. Nnadozie Onyema Uchechukwu

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One typical and recurring characterization of politics in Nigeria has been a zero-seem game,
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Abstract

One typical and recurring characterization of politics in Nigeria has been a zero-seem game, Those who subscribe to this view including R.A. Joseph's (1987) inclination to prebendalist perspective explain that instead of politics serving as a means of caching a consensus on national and societal issues and problems among the contending forces and groups in the society, Nigerian political elites see politics as means of protecting and enhancing their personal and group interests and values. Thus, politics and the struggle for state power is approached in a warlike manner. Those in control of state power use every means at their disposal to retain it, while those outside of it equally employ every available method to displace those in control in order to gain access to it.

Under the circumstances political succession becomes a very problematic issue involving very high intrigues, maneuvering and manipulation, whether from civilian regime to another, or from a military government to a civilian administration. Indeed, it may not be out of place to characterize political succession in Nigeria as the highest point of politics and politicking in the country, entailing all manner of strategies and tactics emanating from all shades of individuals, groups and forces both within and outside the country.

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