Intergovernmental Relations and Federalism in Nigeria: The Need for a Legislative Bill
Nnadozie Patrick Udefuna, Chinako Asogwa, Emmanuel Ezenwa Uzodinma
Nigeria is a federal Republic made up of thirty six States and a Federal Capital Territory (Abuja), with the advent of the 1979 and 1999 Constitutions, there has been a profound change in the practice of federalism in the country which has called into question whether Nigeria is indeed a federation. This question has been further accentuated by recent damming report of the National intelligence council of the United States Government which forecasted that by the year 2020, Nigeria might cease to exist as a nation-state. The level of government that should take responsibility for such issues as federal character, power sharing, revenue allocation, maintenance of public order, fiscal federalism, judiciary, local government, etc. are the major centripetal and centrifugal forces that have threatened the consolidation of the Nigeria federation.