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Ethnocentrism and ethno-political conflicts in Northern Nigeria: A critical analysis

Wunti, Musa Adamu and Moniruzzaman, Md. (2016) Ethnocentrism and ethno-political conflicts in Northern Nigeria: A critical analysis. Journal of Political Science and Leadership Research, 2 (2). pp. 10-23. ISSN 2504-883X

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Nigeria is a hotspot for numerous conflicts, especially in the postcolonial times. These intractable conflicts include ethnic, religious, political, sectarian, communal, Settlers-Natives and Pastoralist-Farmers dimensions. On this occasion, different scholarly arguments were advanced to know whether there is a generalizable cause for the menace. Much of these studies focus on conflicts associated with federal structure, uneven development, resources control and marginalization explaining the wider context of the problem. This article explores the significance of understanding the historical context of ethno-political conflict in Northern Nigeria and examines why conflicts keep reoccurring between different communities in the region. The article also assumes that, it is significant to note the influence of politicization of ethnicity, selective injustice and elite manipulation in conflict analysis in Nigeria. It concludes that ethno-political conflicts in Nigeria are fundamentally influenced by bad politics and bad governance. Therefore its management has become a mirage in spite of series of interventions to put the conflicts to an end.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5147/54108
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethno-political conflict, ethnic politics, bad governance, historiography, elite manipulation
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Political Science
Depositing User: Dr. Moniruzzaman Md.
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2017 10:56
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2017 10:56
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/54108

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