Leadership and Democratic Governance in Nigeria

Akintunde Bukola Akinola, Kolawole Shittu Adebisi, Oyekunle Oluseye Oyewo


The paper examined leadership roles in democratic Nigeria. Particularly, it showed how the political elites have at different times subverted the essence of democratic governance in the country since independence and thus, tacitly encouraging political instability. Relevant data were obtained through secondary method and empirically discussed. The study revealed that the relative stability being enjoyed in the polity is lubricated through intensive patron-client arrangement.  The paper concluded that sustainable democracy will continue to be a mirage in the country until political power is held and used in the interest of many. Good governance, transparency and accountability are suggested as necessary vitamins for democratic consolidation in the country.

Keywords: Democracy, Governance, Leadership and Democratic Governance

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ISSN (Paper)2224-607X ISSN (Online)2225-0565

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