FEDERALISM AND NATION-BUILDING IN NIGERIA: CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS

Abstract

This research is basically designed to ascertain and analyze the various problems of federalism and Nation-building in Nigeria. This work will adopt the use of secondary source of data as the main method of data collection. Certain literature, which seem to be relevant to the study were consulted and reviewed adequately. To ensure reliability, some hypotheses were posited and there are first, the problems facing Nigeria federalism and nation-building. Another is the nature of prolonged military rule in Nigeria. Finally, appropriate measures for nation-building to empower federal structure in the future. It is clear that any nation which is not united or nationally build through fiscal federal system of federalism will not achieve any good set objectives that will be based on common of its citizenry. So the issue of this study is to identify and solve those problems that hinders nation-building through the introduction of fiscal federalism in Nigeria. The hypotheses were validated. With those problems of federalism and nation-building still hanging on, a very precarious situation and this nation will definitely destroy its citizenry and keep them disintegrated and thereby defeating the rationale behind the adoption of fiscal federalism in Nigeria.

Table of Content
Title Page – – – – – – – – – – i
Approval Page – – – – – – – – – – ii
Dedication – – – – – – – – – – iii
Acknowledgment – – – – – – – – – iv
Abstract – – – – – – – – – – vii
Table of Content – – – – – – – – – viii

Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Background of Study – – – – – – – – 1-3
1.2 Statement of the Problem – – – – – – – 4-6
1.3 Objectives of the Study – – – – – – – 6-7
1.4 Significance of the Study – – – – – – – 7
1.5 Literature Review – – – – – – – – 7-32
1.6 Theoretical Framework – – – – – – – 33-37
1.7 Hypotheses – – – – – – – – – 37-38
1.8 Method of Data Collection and Data Analysis – – – – 38
1.9 Scope of the Study – – – – – – – – 38-39
1.10 Definition of Terms – – – – – – – – 39-43

Chapter Two: The Challenges of Nigeria Federalism and Nation-building
2.1 Ethnic Self-Determination – – – – – – – – 45
2.2 The Challenge from History – – – – – – 46-47
2.3 The Issue of Revenue Allocation in Nigeria – – – – 47-53
2.4 The Challenge of Socio-economic Inequality – – – – 53-57
2.5 The Shari’a Controversy – – – – – – – 57-60
2.6 The Constitutional Challenges – – – – – – 61-64
2.7 The Leadership Challenges – – – – – – – 65-68
2.8 Agitation for Resource Control and Confederation in Nigeria – 69-72

Chapter Three: The Nature of Prolong Military Rule in Nigeria
3.1 Origin and Development of the Nigerian Army – – – – 75-83
3.2 The Military in Nigerian Politics – – – – – – 83-84
3.3 Theories of Military Intervention – – – – – – 85-91
3.4 General Characteristics of Military Rule – – – – – 91-93
3.5 System of Administration of the Regimes in Nigeria – – – 93-99
3.6 Patterns of Reform in Administration – – – – – 99-102
3.7 Decision Making Structures under the Regimes – – – – 102-105
3.8 Methods of Administration – – – – – – – 105-111
3.9 The Impact of Prolonged Military Rule on Nigeria’s Federalism – 111-114

Chapter Four: Appropriate Measures for Nation-Building to Empower Federal Structure in the Future
4.1 Adoption of Fiscal Federalism in Nigeria – – – – – 115-116
4.2 Power Sharing among the Regions – – – – – – 116-118
4.3 The Option of Resource Control and Diversification of Economy – 119-122
4.4 Banking – – – – – – – – – – 123-124

Chapter Five: Summary, Conclusion and Recommendations
5.1 Summary – – – – – – – – – 125-126
5.2 Conclusion – – – – – – – – – 126-128
5.3 Recommendations – – – – – – – – 128-131
Bibliography – – – – – – – – 132-137