Transition Without End: Nigerian Politics and Civil Society under Babangida

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Including the introduction, 22 contributions examine the program and politics of military transition to civilian rule of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida's administration (1985-1993) in Nigeria. The volume is divided into four parts detailing the design and implementation of the transition program, party politics and electoral competition during the transition, problems and dimensions of governance, and the role of civil society in transition. Some of the specific issues discussed include the military tribunals, the National Electoral Commission, ethnicity and the evolution of Nigeria's federal structure, the relationship between religion and politics, and the crisis sparked by the annulment of the 1992 election which eventually resulted in the military coup of 1993. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555875916
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Pages: 516

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Maps of Nigeria
Introduction: The Politics of Transition Without End 1
1 The Remedial Imperatives of the Nigerian Constitution, 1922-1992 31
2 The Military 55
3 The Political Bureau 81
4 The Constituent Assembly and the 1989 Constitution 105
5 Electoral Administration in the Early Transition 129
6 Mobilizing for a New Political Culture 143
7 Party Formation and Party Competition 171
8 The Reorganization of Local Government 193
9 The State Elections of 1991 213
10 The National Assembly Elections of 1992 237
11 The 1993 Presidential Election Imbroglio 257
12 Crisis and Collapse: June-November 1993 281
13 The Rise and Fall of Structural Adjustment in Nigeria 303
14 Indigeneity, Ethnicity, and Federalism 333
15 The Judicial System and Human Rights 351
16 Transforming the Civil Service 363
17 Associational Life 379
18 Religion and Politics: A View from the South 401
19 Religion and Politics: A View from the North 427
20 The Press 449
21 Postscript and Postmortem 465
App. 1 Chronology: 31 December 1983-17 November 1993 485
App. 2 List of Acronyms 493
The Contributors 497
Index 499
About the Book 515
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