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Aluko Opeyemi Idowu and Usman Sayuti
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Aluko Opeyemi Idowu: University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria
Usman Sayuti: Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria

Romanian Journal of Regional Science, 2016, vol. 10, issue 1, 67-85

Abstract: National integration is the hallmark of unity and development in any polity. A multiethnic state requires potent integration mechanisms because multi-ethnicity is a potential political ‘time-bomb’ which may explode at any time. There is the need to position integrating mechanisms which will stem the tide of violence, favoritism and nepotism in the polity. Nigeria like many developing countries of the world is a multiethnic state and needs a potent national integrative mechanism. The federal character principle is identified in this paper as a mechanism used in Nigeria. This integrative prowess had caused the country a tempo gusto but to a large extent had been corrupted and rendered less effective by the interplay of the duo of ethnic chauvinism and religious bigotry. This paper concludes by remarking that the notion of political patrimony and corruption must be curbed by the stakeholders for a sustainable development in the policy.

Keywords: Integration; Democracy; Federalism; Management; Ethnicity and Corruption (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z12 Z13 Z18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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