PROJECT TOPIC- POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF GODFATHERISM IN CURRENT NIGERIAN SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT

Abstracts

Democracy as a system of government plays a crucial role in uplifting and developing a nation. But democracy in Nigeria has assumed the form of prebendalism. Within this context, state power is treated as a congeries of office, which can be competed for, appropriate and then administered, for the benefit of individual occupants and their

support group. Godfatherism as we all know operates under the umbrella of democratic system of government in Nigeria. It is a sharp contrast to the Christian idea. The concept (Godfatherhood) originated from Christianity, in this context, the spiritual son is placed under the care of a spiritual Godfather. It is positively used sometimes as a guidance of

morality and as an institution of learning. Looking at the political implications of godfatherism in modern Nigerian system of government, the application and practicability of the concept of godfatherism is questionable, the negative use of the concept of godfatherism has turned most of our politician into professional go-getters and

businessmen. I therefore conclude that politics should be free, there will be nothing like indigenship in our political system and  finally Nigerian should dissociate themselves from using money to buy them in politics.

PROJECT TOPIC- POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF GOD FATHERISM IN CURRENT NIGERIAN SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1   Background of the Study

Nigeria is presently practising a presidential system of government in which there are executive, legislative and judicial arms. Nigerian Presidential system of government is also called “FEDERAL REPUBLIC” where by the people are to be democratically elected to represent their people in various arms of government. According to Ogugua in Dukor

(2004:102), “These attributes characterize a democratic system: (a) Political equality (b) a government responsive to the popular will, and (c) rule by the majority than by a minority”.

Furthermore, Democratic equality is classified into five separate types:

Political equality

Equality before the law

Equality of opportunity

Economic equality

Equality of respect or social equality. (Dukor 2004:95).

These are the essential characteristics and equalities of democracy, which are supposed to be the case of Nigerian democracy. But we have a dozen of problems with regard to democratic practice in Nigeria. These problems include:

Rigging of elections.

Political godfathers as sponsors to electoral fraud.

Political thuggeries that create havoc in society.

These are the major problems facing Nigerian democratic system of government today. But among all these problems, we are going to investigate the existence of godfatherism in Nigerian system of government. Godfatherism in Nigerian politics has become a social problem, which has ravaged and permitted the entire blood stream of our political system

negatively. The original meaning and idea of Christian godfatherism has been greatly misused, abused and bastardized such that of a different stage of our political system godfatherism transformed and metamorphosed negatively in dimensions. (Coker  2004:37). It is one of the political headaches in Nigerian democratic system today. (Dukor 2004:v)

The existence of godfatherism in Nigerian politics has led to many problems. Some of these problems according to Mbamara (2004:60) include:

Political killing.

Thuggery

Abduction

Kidnapping etc.

The activities of the godfathers in democracy has crippled democratic choice, which subsequently shrinks democratic space. This often  that creates serious electoral problems as the godfathers employ all legal and obnoxious means to win elections. The sportsmanship variable, which makes politics of election interesting, has been sacrificed.

Anarchy, insecurity, chaos and violence become the order of the day. (Wale 2004:77) Philosophers, from Socratic to the contemporary time, may not have spent their handsome time thinking about the problems of godfatherism, but there are some of t heir theories that relate and also serve as a guideline to the practice of godfatherism. Socrates and Plato, for

instance, talked of virtue and knowledge which the student, disciple or godson acquires by proximity which the teacher, master or godfather (MacDonald 1941:2-30, 41-168, 175-256). Kant on the other hand talks of moral maxims which can be adopted by every one, godfather and godson inclusive, without generality of contradiction (Kant:1848). For John

Rawls, Justice and fairness are, indeed, different concepts, but they share a fundamental element in common, which is called the concept of reciprocity. They represent this concept as applied to two distinct cases: Justice to a practice in which there is no option whether to engage in it or not and one must play and fairness to a practice in which there is such an

option, and one may decline the initiation. Here both the Godson and Godfather in Nigeria’s politics are expected to abide by the rule of justice and fairness. The Godson too has obligations in fairness to his Godfather. (Rawls:1971). Therefore this work will investigate the existence of godfatherism in Nigerian present democracy.

PROJECT TOPIC- POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF GOD FATHERISM IN CURRENT NIGERIAN SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT

1.2   Statement of Problem

The problem of this work is how to establish the existence of godfatherism in Nigerian democratic system of government. The causes of this practice and also its ethical and political effects will also be highlighted. Socrates/Plato, for instance, talked of virtue and king which the student/disciple/godson acquires by proximity with the teacher/master

/godfather. (MacDonald). Kant’s categorical imperative talks of moral maxims which can be adopted by everyone, godfather and godson inclusive, without generality contradiction (Kant: 1878). The crisis of godfatherism has been observe as the major problem of democracy in Nigerian government today, and one wonder why the practice subsist despite

its damages to the socio-economic and political system of government in Nigeria. The problem is that not all the aspirant to political office in Nigeria can raise on their own, the substantial resources usually necessary to compete in the country’s violent and corrupt political system. In many parts of Nigeria, successful candidates are often sponsored by

powerful individual known in Nigerian parlance as political godfathers. The problem of this work is therefore how to use a philosophical method to establish the existence of godfatherism in Nigerian system of government and its implications to her system of government.

1.3 Scope of the Study

This study looks at the latest dispensation of civilian regime in Nigeria from 1999 general election till date. The project will also look at the existence of godfatherism and its effect in Nigerian civil society, it will also look into the views of scholars with regard to the existence of godfatherism and finally the researcher will also offer his own views.

PROJECT TOPIC- POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF GOD FATHERISM IN CURRENT NIGERIAN SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT

1.4   Purpose of the Study

The purpose of this work is to identify the causes and the basis of godfatherism in Nigerian politics, the reason is that some Nigerians are becoming convinced that one cannot get into political office without having a godfather. This belief scares away many honest and dynamic young people from understanding political career due to their fear that they will never succeed. The project will endeavour to show weaknesses of godfatherism in Nigerian government so that the generality of the people may avoid it.

1.5   Methodology

Materials for this work were collected from textbooks, journal articles, encyclopaedia, dictionaries, Newspapers and the internet. The materials will be analytically dealt with to expose the practice of godfatherism in Nigerian system of government.

PROJECT TOPIC- POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF GOD FATHERISM IN CURRENT NIGERIAN SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT

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