Conflict Resolution and Crisis of Governnance in Africa the Case of Nigeria


Undoubtedly everyman desires peace on the conviction that it is the secret of development, and self attainment. Yet, societal relationship elicits unprecedented contest which sometimes degenerates into violence at individual and communal levels. Man is therefore faced with the contradiction of desires and reality. The adequacy of a modern government could largely be measured by her immediate response to these situations and the prevention of its occurrence in Africa. This paper focuses on conflict resolution and crisis of governance in Africa with Nigeria as the case study. The paper equally provides a blueprint for managing crisis and the essential duty of government in providing security for life, property and general welfare of its citizenry; it goes further to take a brief look at some centres of turmoil in the continent and argues that, there are no discernible differences in the causes of unrest in those states and Nigeria. This also indicates that conflict resolution is a primary function of government, unfortunately state actors in Nigeria/Africa are indeed in crisis of legitimacy and competence, hence, protraction of violence and conflict. Furthermore, the effect of conflict and state helplessness are also given attention. The study concludes that all hope is not lost as recommendations to that effect is the ability to provide liberal and true democracy, access to sound and quality education, giving more attention to poverty eradication programmes among others.

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Abimbola Mobolanle Adu, College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, Nigeria
Marcus Temitayo Akinlade, College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, Nigeria

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Conference: ECPEL2014
Stream: Politics – Governance

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