Governance in Nigeria post-1999: Revisiting the democratic ‘new dawn’ of the Fourth Republic
Edited by Romola Adeola & Ademola Oluborode Jegede
ISBN: 978-1-920538-81-1
Pages: 346
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At the start of Nigeria’s Fourth Republic on 29 May 1999, there was great optimism as to the emergence of a new democratic future representing a significant break from the political undulations of the past. Two decades and four presidential epochs later, there is a prevalent question as to how well Nigeria has fared in governance and human rights post-1999. This book revisits the democratic ‘new dawn’ of the Fourth Republic discussing pertinent matters integral to Nigeria’s democratic future post-2019.


Table of Contents


  1. Governance in Nigeria post-1999: Revisiting the democratic ‘new dawn’ of the Fourth Republic
    Romola Adeola & Ademola Oluborode Jegede
    1 Introduction
    PART I: Cross-cutting perspectives
    PART II: Governance
    PART III: Human rights protection
    PART IV: Comparative experiences and lessons

  2. Democratic governance and human rights protection from 1999-2019: Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan and Buhari’s Nigeria
    Romola Adeola
    1 Introduction
    2 Democratic governance and human rights protection during the Obasanjo era
    3 Democratic governance and human rights protection during the Yar’Adua era
    4 Democratic governance and human rights protection during the Jonathan era
    5 Democratic governance and human rights protection during the Buhari era
    6 The future ahead from the past
    7 Conclusion
  3. ‘A mythical of revival and survival’:Deconstructing women’s political participation in post-1999 Nigeria
    Kennedy Kariseb & Iruebafa Lily Oyakhirome
    1 Introduction
    2 The legal context and contours of women’s political rights
    3 Domestic and regional legal frame work for women’s political participation in Nigeria
    4 The status of women within the political and decision-making spaces
    5 Challenges for women’s political emancipation in post-1999 Nigeria
    6 Conclusion

  4. Federalism under the 1999 Constitution: The challenge of restructuring and democratic legitimacy
    Osy Ezechukwunyere Nwebo
    1 Introduction
    2 The concept of federalism: approaches and definitions
    3 Evolution of federalism in Nigeria
    4 Federal structure under 1999 Constitution
    5 Examining the legitimacy of Nigeria’s 1999 Federal Constitution
    6 Restructuring and renegotiation of the basis for Nigerian federalism
    7 The role of the legislature and other critical stakeholders
    8 Conclusion
  5. Tracking and reporting political finance in Nigeria
    Antonia Taiye Okoosi-Simbine & Dhikru Adewale Yagboyaju
    1 Introduction
    2 Definitional, conceptual and theoretical issues
    3 Political finance regulations in Nigeria and the role of INEC
    4 Challenges of monitoring, tracking and reporting political finance
    5 International best practices in regulating political finance
    6 Conclusion
  6. Resolving Biafra post-1999: How should we look back to reach forward?
    Romola Adeola
    1 Introduction
    2 The ‘Biafran’ question: How did we get here?
    3 Biafra post-1999: How should we reach forward?
    4 Conclusion
  7. Democratising the governance of energy in Nigeria – Flawed or pragmatic?
    Morakinyo Adedayo Ayoade
    1 Introduction
    2 Evolution of energy sector governance
    3 Democratising governance of energy architecture
    4 Prospects for democratising energy reforms
    5 Conclusion
  8. Energy law and policy in Nigeria with reflection on the International Energy Charter and domestication of the African Charter
    Eghosa Osa Ekhator & Godswill Agbaitoro
    1 Introduction
    2 Current status of energy resources and policy in Nigeria
    3 Development of the Energy Charter process
    4 Possible contributions of IEC to Nigeria as a signatory country
    5 Barriers militating against the successful implementation of the International Energy Charter in Nigeria
    6 Conclusion
  9. Towards the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria: The role of an independent judiciary in elections
    Olaniyi Felix Olayinka
    1 Introduction
    2 Democracy
    3 Judicial review and the attainment of democratic integrity
    4 Conclusion
  10. Restructuring Nigeria’s federalism post-1999: How should Nigeria federate and share resources?
    Romola Adeola, Ademola Oluborode Jegede & Asikia Karibi-Whyte
    1 Introduction
    2 Much ado about restructuring
    3 Restructuring the federation
    4 Restructuring resource control and revenue allocation
    5 Conclusion

  11. Protecting human rights through climate change commitments: The case of Nigeria’s nationally-determined contribution
    Oluwatoyin Adejonwo-Osho
    1 Introduction
    2 Climate change impacts on human rights: A case for improved environmental performance in Nigeria
    3 Nigeria’s NDC: Protecting human rights through climate action
    4 Conclusion and recommendations
  12. Citizens’ rights approach to the fight against kleptocracy in Nigeria: Prospects and challenges
    Akinola Ebunolu Akintayo
    1 Introduction
    2 Brief overview of the successes and challenges of current efforts to tackle kleptocracy in Nigeria
    3 Citizens’ rights deployable in aid of good governance and accountability
    4 Law and institutional reforms to fight graft and kleptocracy in Nigeria
    5 Conclusion
  13. Expanding civic space in the interests of rights and democracy in Nigeria
    Stanley Ibe
    1 Introduction
    2 Why states restrict the civic space
    3 Manifestations of restricting civic space in Nigeria
    4 Strategies for expanding the civic spaces
    5 Conclusion
  14. Contextualising youth political participation in Nigeria: An assessment of legal norms
    Olutola Olawaye Bamisaye & Osy Ezechukwunyere Nwebo
    1 Introduction
    2 Youth rights to political participation
    3 Political participation and international human rights law
    4 Nigeria’s response to its obligations under the African Youth Charter
    5 The return of Nigeria to democracy and youth rights to political participation
    6 Youth rights to political participation: Lessons from other states
    7 The NotTooYoungtoRun success story and constitutional amendment on eligibility age
    8 Recommendations and conclusion

  15. The legal protection of internally displaced persons in Nigeria: Challenges, imperatives and comparative lessons
    Romola Adeola
    1 Introduction
    2 Challenges
    3 Imperatives and comparative lessons
    4 Conclusion
  16. Gross human rights violations in the context of armed conflict: The cautionary tale that Uganda offers Nigeria
    Emma Lubaale & Ademola Oluborode Jegede
    1 Introduction
    2 The principle of complementarity and the critical role of national proceedings in Nigeria
    3 The current criminal law framework of Nigeria and accountability for human rights violations committed during the Boko Haram conflict
    4 Domestic prosecution of international crimes in Uganda: Lessons for Nigeria
    5 Conclusion
  17. Regime change and power alternation as emerging trends in West Africa’s democratic experience: Evidences from Nigeria, Ghana and The Gambia
    Ufiem Maurice Ogbonnaya & Mohammed Saffa Lamin
    1 Introduction
    2 Case studies
    3 Implications for the future of democracy and governance in West Africa
    4 Conclusion: Refocusing democracy in West Africa
  18. To have and to hold? Assessing Nigeria’s human rights praxis through its relationship with the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice
    Udoka Ndidiamaka Owie & Izevbuwa Kehinde Ikhimiukor
    1 Introduction
    2 Nigeria, ECOWAS and the ECOWAS Court: An institutional assessment
    3 Nigeria and the ECOWAS Court: A jurisprudential assessment
    4 Conclusion
  19. The South African Constitutional Court’s decision in Nkandla: Lessons in accountability for Nigeria
    Ebenezer Durojaye & Adetoun Adebanjo
    1 Introduction
    2 The facts of the Nkandla case
    3 A review of democratic accountability in Nigeria
    4 Lessons from South Africa on democratic accountability
    5 The role of an independent judiciary in addressing endemic corruption
    6 The role of an independent anti-corruption body in addressing corruption
    7 Conclusion

    Selected bibliography
    Chapters in books
    Journal articles
    Conference, working, occasional, discussion papers and lectures
    Theses and dissertations
    Treaties, declarations, resolutions, statutes and policy instruments
    Recommendations and Action Plans
    Reports and commentaries
    Constitutions and legislation
    Media and other sources
    Internet sources

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