Democracy and Human Rights in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic


Ehwarieme, William & Nathaniel Umukoro


William Ehwarieme is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Ajayi Crowther University, in Nigeria. He obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Political Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsuka, and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Ibadan. He served as Vice President of the African Studies and Research Forum in 2012-2014.

Nathaniel Umukoro is Professor of International Security, Peace Studies, and Conflict Resolution in the Department of Political Science, Western Delta University, Nigeria. He is currently Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Bayreuth, in Germany. He completed his Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Ibadan in 2015. He was a fellow of the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Unit of the Social Science Research Council, in New York. He has received additional training in Education in Emergencies (2017) and Peace Education and Transitional Justice (2015) from the Georg Eckert Institute, Germany; Development and Inequality in the Global South from Brown University, and Mixed-Method Research from the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research, in Nairobi, Kenya.

One of the major challenges in Nigeria since independence in 1960 has been human rights violations. During military rule, the problem was attributed to the undemocratic nature of military regimes. When the military handed over power to civilians after a democratic election in 1999, it was expected that democratic governance would lead to improved respect for human rights. Nevertheless, human rights violations persisted. The character of Nigeria’s civilian government since 1999 has raised questions as to whether the form of government in Nigeria is democratic or something else. This book examines the state of human rights in Nigeria, and the different sources, reasons, and dimensions of human rights violations during the country’s Fourth Republic.

History, Political Science, Social Science, Law, Human Rights, Colonial Studies, Post-Colonial Studies, African Studies, Nigeria, Democracy, Developing World, Development Studies, Transitions
Release Date: 
March 1, 2023
9781680534641 Hardcover
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