A CONCEPTUAL AND THEORETICAL DISCOURSE ON GODFATHERISM IN NIGERIAN POLITICS: IMPLICATION FOR POLITICAL EDUCATION

The literature on Nigerian government, politics and democracy since 1999 is replete with instances of the phenomenon of godfatherism. It has not only distorted democracy in Africa’s most populous nation-state, it has also threatened the very fabric of the Nigerian state. Even though a lot had been written on it and its implication on the Nigerian state, it has become imperative that we explore the conceptual and theoretical disclosure of the phenomenon. It has been empirically ascertained that the godfathers rely on their wealth to secure party nomination for their anointed candidates, and use machinery at their disposal, usually money and connection to the ‘federal might’ to subvert the electoral process using the ‘do or die’ philosophy to secure their ‘victory’. To this end, this paper examines critically the crisis of political godfatherism in Nigeria from a conceptual and theoretical perspective and calls for a structured political education.

Author(s)
Neville Onebamhoi Obakhedo, M.Sc.
Eric Iyobo Osayande, M.Ed
Faculty/Institute/Centre