Ethnic Militias and the Threat to Democracy in Post-Transition Nigeria
This study investigates the growing challenge posed by ethnic militias to the Nigerian democracy project. It argues that the over-centralization of power in Nigeria’s federal practice and the failure of post-transitional politics in genuinely addressing issues of national identity, has resulted in the emergence of ethnic militias as a specific response to state incapacity. The author notes that the short- and long-term threats posed by this development to Nigeria’s fragile democracy are real. This justifies, according to the author, calls for a National Conference to comprehensively address the demands of ethnic subgroups in Nigeria.
© 2004 Nordic Africa Institute (NAI)
Appendix I displays the Aba Declaration. Appendix II shows the APC Mission Statement. Appendix III presents a copy of the Kaima declaration.