Political godfathers in Nigeria : a study of Anambra State, 1999-2006

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dc.contributor.author Ndukwe, Thaddeus Chijioke
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-15T07:12:51Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-15T07:12:51Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201210152678 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/39988
dc.description.abstract In this study, I have examined the pro et contra arguments on the role of political godfathers in the political process of Anambra State, Nigeria, during the period 1999 to 2006. I have used extensive interviews and a small survey in addition to existing texts in this regard. In the process, two broad camps of arguers are discovered, namely, the anti- and pro-godfather camps. While the pro-godfathers argue in pro, using the concepts of social philanthropy and political pedagogy as a rhetorical framework to describe political godfatherism as patriotic, democratic and prodevelopment that should be promoted and permanently embedded in the Nigerian constitution, the anti-godfathers argue in contra, using the concepts of electoral manipulation, candidate imposition and political violence as a rhetorical framework to depict it as unpatriotic, undemocratic and anti-development that should be criminalized and abolished in Nigeria. To deepen analysis and put this study in its specific methodological perspective, I have used political theory and its sub-category, rhetorical theory, inspired mainly by Robert Michels, Pekka Korhonen, Chaim Perelman, and Roderick Hart, among others. In the end, I discovered that while some of the respective claims of the anti- and progodfathers have been true, some others have been overtly or covertly exaggerated, or are outright lies. For instance, while it seems true that some political godfathers do indulge, or may have indulged, in political pedagogy and social philanthropy to assist the poor, especially poor politicians, naive political aspirants or political dilettantes, they and/or some others sometimes appear to do so for hidden or outright selfish agenda, namely, financial and political interests, which it has been argued, often exploit the political and economic structures of Anambra State to the detriment of the people. Because of this, I distinguish between two kinds of political godfatherism, namely, patriotic and parasitic. I then propose that to promote and sustain the former, as well as discourage and uproot the latter, in the political process, a legalistic solution is inevitable. That is to say, a law would need to be enacted to specify formal guidelines for political godfathers and punishments for any defaulter(s) in Nigeria. en
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject.other political godfatherism
dc.subject.other rhetoric
dc.subject.other social philanthropy
dc.subject.other political pedagogy
dc.subject.other electoral manipulation
dc.subject.other political violence
dc.title Political godfathers in Nigeria : a study of Anambra State, 1999-2006
dc.type Book en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201210152678
dc.subject.ysa retoriikka
dc.subject.ysa filantropia
dc.subject.ysa poliittinen toiminta
dc.subject.ysa poliittinen osallistuminen
dc.subject.ysa poliittinen väkivalta
dc.subject.ysa vaalit
dc.subject.ysa manipulaatio
dc.subject.ysa kehitysmaat
dc.subject.ysa Nigeria
dc.type.dcmitype Text en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Yhteiskuntatieteellinen tiedekunta fi
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Faculty of Social Sciences en
dc.contributor.laitos Yhteiskuntatieteiden ja filosofian laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy en
dc.contributor.yliopisto University of Jyväskylä en
dc.contributor.yliopisto Jyväskylän yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.oppiaine valtio-oppi fi
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