Political Culture, Democracy and Development in Nigeria
Okeke, Remi Chukwudi
Democracy and development (particularly in the jurisdiction of emerging socio-political and economic systems) have continued to attract some mainstream social science attention. In what dimensions are there relationships between these two variables? What is the position of political culture in the possible linkages between democracy and development, principally in the Nigerian situation? These are the central research questions of the current study. The general objective of the paper therefore is to examine the relationships among political culture, democracy and development in (contemporary) Nigeria. The methodology of the study is logical argumentation. It is concluded in the work that in development paradigms Nigeria’s political culture is indeed leading the country to some undesirable destinations. The paper reechoes the call for the convocation of a sovereign national conference, which would create a road-map for coexistence among the people of Nigeria, in order to democratize development in the country.