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Indian Journal of Federal Studies (1/2010)

ISSN No. 0976-8408

Nigeria: A Developing Federation under Strains

- Habu S. Galadima


In Nigeria, the ethnically heterogeneous and culturally diverse nature of the country made federalism an imperative. Nigeria, since 1954 when it adopted federalism, has been facing a number of challenges. It went through a 30 months civil war and about twenty nine years of military rule. A combination of these led to the distortion of federalism in Nigeria. Federalism became militarized along with the attendant excessive centralization of power and the contraction of the democratic space thereby denying representation and multiplication of points of access. A number of issues arising from these developments are posing challenges to the development of federalism in Nigeria.

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