God-fatherism in the Politics of Nigeria:Continuity and Change

Kamal Bello


Abstract: The concept of god-fatherism in other words clientelism; patron-client relationship in Nigerian politics is not a new phenomenon. It has been in existence right from the inception of party politics in the country. Thus, it is a phenomenon in continuity but with changes. This concept – god-fatherism in politics implies a dominant individual in the politics of an area or geo-political zone who is capable either by her/his influence/past record or current political power of determining who win elections in that area or zone. What is new or change however in theory and practice of god-fatherism in Nigerian politics is that, it has taken a different posture from the earlier posture which was based on ideology, charisma, contribution and achievement of the individual god-father to the current posture based on thuggery, money and coercion among others. This paper therefore tries to unravel the previous and current postures of god-fatherism in Nigerian politics and proffers suggestions for improvement. Key words: God-fatherism; Politics; Change; Nigeria Résumé: Le concept du clientélisme d'un god-fatherism en d'autres termes ; les relations de patron-client dans la politique nigérienne ne sont pas un nouveau phénomène. Elles ont été dans le juste d'existence du commencement de la politique de partis dans le pays. Ainsi, c'est un phénomène dans la continuité mais avec des changements. Ce concept , un God-fatherism dans la politique implique une personne dominante dans la politique d'un secteur ou d'une zone géopolitique qui est capable par son pouvoir politique record ou actuel d'influence/passé de déterminer qui des élections de victoire dans ce secteur ou zone.Ce qu'il y a de neuf ou le changement cependant de la théorie et de la pratique d'un god-fatherism dans la politique nigérienne est ce, il a pris une posture différente de la posture plus tôt qui a été basée sur l'idéologie, le charisme, la contributionet l'accomplissement du parrain individuel à la posture actuelle basée sur le vol à main armée,l'argent et la coercition notamment. Ce document essaie donc de se démêler les postures précédentes et actuelles d'un god-fatherism dans la politique nigérienne et offre des suggestions pour l'amélioration. Mots clés: Un Dieu-fatherism; La politique; Changement; Nigeria

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/j.css.1923669720110702.035


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