Anatomy of Nigerian Federalism: A Reflection of the Nagging Challenges and Prospects from A Cultural Relativist Perspective

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Chioke, Stephen Chinedu


There is a dearth of reliable literature that appropriately coined and conveyed the conceptual framework of federalism, scarcity of reliable information that analytically x-rayed the structural arrangement of Nigerian federalism, and challenges militating against the expected gains of federalism and the prospects thereof. The paper relied on qualitative methods like document analyses, personal experiences, key informant interviews, and discussions in generating relevant data that were thematically presented and resultantly analyzed using content analysis. The results show that there are works of literature that wrongly conceptualized federalism. Police brutality, political godfatherism, corruption, secession, revenue allocation problem, sectionalism, and conflicts were among the predominant challenges facing Nigerian federalism. Furthermore, the results show that sustainable development and efficient service delivery are part of the prospects. The paper concluded that many Nigerians do not have an adequate understanding of the nitty-gritty of federalism. As a corollary to this, destructive tendencies have troubled Nigerian federalism, making the center epileptic. The study for policy and practice implies that Nigeria, the largest populated country of Africa, has continued its federalist operations on the side of very low cohesion and unification of existing ethnic groups.


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Chioke, Stephen Chinedu. (2021). Anatomy of Nigerian Federalism: A Reflection of the Nagging Challenges and Prospects from A Cultural Relativist Perspective. PanAfrican Journal of Governance and Development (PJGD), 2(2), 232-256.
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Chioke, Stephen Chinedu, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.

Stephen Chinedu Chioke has B.Sc and M.Sc in Public Administration, PGDE, Diploma in Theology and Full Member of the Institute of Professional Managers and Administrators of Nigeria (MIPMA). He is on the verge of concluding his Ph.D. in Public Administration at Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Nigeria. He has a special research interest in Public Policy, Education, Local Government, Governance, and Politics. Consequently, he has published and unpublished articles to his credit and is an article reviewer.


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