Title

The politics of regionalism: An analysis of national integration problems in Nigeria (1979-1988)

Date of Award

January 1991

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Abstract

This dissertation examines the problems of national integration in Nigeria from 1979 to 1988. It is aimed at analyzing variables that may be responsible for the failures of national integration. In fulfilling this task, the researcher employed pluralism as the theoretical framework most appropriate in analyzing this study. The study was carried out through the use of both primary and secondary sources. To test our hypothesis, questionnaires were administered in Nigeria which yielded some demographic and attitudinal data. The respondents were regarded as knowledgeable on the issue of national integration in Nigeria. A discussion of the political history and an outline of Nigeria's ethnic rivalry provide the background for the study. Our findings revealed that the following variables impede national integration: Neocolonialism, Religion, Traditionalism, Colonial Legacy, Political parties, and Language. These findings support our hypothesis. The study also revealed the reluctance of the political leaders to work for unity in diversity. The study offered extensive recommendations in the areas of education, political organization and revenue allocation. The recommendation stressed the need for effective leadership in building a strong integrated nation. The researcher also recommended that further research be conducted seeking to find how the problems of national integration in Africa can be resolved.