Democracy and Human Rights in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic


Ehwarieme, William & Nathaniel Umukoro, Editors


Editors: Dr. William Ehwarieme is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Ajayi Crowther University, in Nigeria. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Nigeria, Nsuka, in 1982 and 1988. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Ibadan in 2000. His research interests are in civil-military relations, ethnic politics, Niger Delta studies, governance, and comparative politics.

Dr. Nathaniel Umukoro is Professor of International Affairs, Peace Studies, and Conflict Transformation in the Department of Political Science at Western Delta University, Nigeria, where he is also Director of the Institute of Delta and Development Studies. He was a 2022 Humboldt fellow at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Point Alpha Research Institute, also in Germany. He completed his Ph.D. in peace and conflict studies at the University of Ibadan as a fellow of the Next Generation Social Sciences in the Africa Unit of the Social Science Research Council, New York.

One of the challenges Nigeria has faced since independence in 1960 has been its human rights record. Under military rule, the problem was attributed to the undemocratic nature of military regimes. When the military handed over power to civilians after an election in 1999, it was expected that democratic governance would lead to improved respect for human rights. But human rights violations persisted. This book examines the state of human rights in Nigeria, the different sources, reasons, and dimensions of human rights violations during the Fourth Republic for a better understanding of Africa in the 21st century.

Political Science, History, Social Science, Law, Human Rights, Africa, African Studies, Nigeria, Democracy, Post-Colonial Studies
Release Date: 
June 12, 2023
9781680534641 Hardcover
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