Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Regional politics in Nigeria

If we need another reminder of the power of regional and identity politics in Nigeria, the resolution reported here by Vanguard (Lagos) provides it.

I would have appreciated some mention of political parties in this article, but the absence of a reference to a party suggests that party politics are not relevant to these activists.

Swear in Jonathan, Says South-South, South-West Leaders
LEADERS of the South South and South West zones of the country yesterday called for the immediate swearing in of Vice President Goodluck Jonathan as Acting President of the country following the inability of President Umaru Yar'Adua to run the affairs of the country as a result of his ill health.

In a joint statement issued in Abuja yesterday at the end of their meeting titled 'joint statement issued by Yoruba leaders of conscience and South_South elders and leaders on the state of the nation', the leaders noted that persistent violations of the provisions of the Constitution have created a needless constitutional crisis that were capable of threatening the very stability of the country.

The Statement was signed by former Information Commissioner and Elderstatesman, Chief Edwin K. Clark, Bishop Emmanuel Gbonigi, Dr. Frederick Faseheun and Chief Sunny Jackson Udoh...

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