Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, January 26, 2009

Hey, let's make things more complicated

At least to outsiders, proposals like those described in this article from Leadership in Abuja, sound like offers for more confusion. But in a nation-state where there are so many cross-cutting and coinciding (reinforcing) cleavages, recognizing them may be the most politically intelligent thing to do.

Bankole Calls for Constitutional Role for Monarchs

"Speaker of the House of Representatives,Hon Dimeji Bankole, has called for a clear cut constitutional role for traditional rulers in the country as the nation embarks on constitution amendment exercise.

A Nigerian king meets the British queen

"Bankole made the call over the weekend in Azare, Bauchi State when he paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Katagun, Alhaji Mohammed Kabir Umar, as part of the commissioning ceremony of an Educational Research Centre...

"He said he was aware of the stabilising roles of the royal fathers in the running of the society...

"He equally assured of the possibility of creation of Katagum State from the present Bauchi State as a way of developing the area which he said is lagging behind on major human development indices in the areas of health, education and poverty alleviation.

"Earlier on, the governor of Bauchi State, Malam Isa Yuguda, declared his support for the creation of Katagum state..."

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