Politics of Power Acquisition and Decision-Making Implementations by Manipulation: The Paradigm of Nigeria Leadership

  •  Ray Ikechukwu Jacob    


This paper examines how the modern politics of power acquisition and decision-making implementations has become the paradigm of the Nigerian leadership. It has also become a pivotal paradigm in helping as instrumental for violence in the said society. Imperatively, war can be possible through decision making implemented wrongly, either by a local government, State, federal government or even by an individual. Also, Scholars of conflict had enormously argued that conflict can occur as a result of various reasons such as, geographical proximity, group identity, deliberate manipulation of negative perceptions by Political power leaders, competition of resources, weakness of political institution transitions to democracy to mention but a few. However, the main focus of this paper is the implementation of Shari’a law in Nigeria and how the decision and the implementations has led to bloody war in the north. The implications had been overwhelmingly diverstating in the country. Uncountable lives have been lost via mayhem bloody wars, homes, properties and enumerable destruction of things and displacement. The economic implication of ethnic conflict has resulted in unequal distribution of resources among individual, groups and regions within the country. Therefore, political power-holders’ decision-making is one source that could lead to ethnic conflict in a multi-cultural and ethnic country like Nigeria. Decision-making approach was used to examine the scene of conflict by focusing only on the religious conflict in the North. In Nigeria, religious conflict also involving ethnic conflict caused Muslims and Christians represented by different ethnic groups and regions.

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