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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 4)
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The Economics of Gangsterism and Sycophancy in Nigerian Politics

Christopher N. Ekong and Ettah B. Essien
Corresponding Author:  Christopher N. Ekong 

Key words:  Economic benefits, electoral system, gangsterism, ideology, sycophancy, ,
Vol. 4 , (4): 277-284
Submitted Accepted Published
March 31, 2012 April 30, 2012 July 30, 2012

The study seeks to unveil the operational forces surrounding and compelling gangsterism and sycophancy in Nigerian politics by examining the level of influence economics has on politics as the two concepts are very highly dependent. Political decisions tend to be overwhelmingly influenced by economic benefits. The primary cause of restiveness, communal and ethnic clashes, tension and class antagonism is believed to be largely defined by economic factors. This state of affairs has impacted negatively on the ideological foundations of political parties in Nigeria and has given vent to the formation of gangs and sycophantic groups within the political parties with the principal aim, though latent, of looting the national treasury. The activities of the gangs and the sycophantic groups in Nigeria currently appear to be uncontrollable and seem to steer the wheel of governance in the Nigerian polity. This is detrimental to democratic and economic institutional development in Nigeria. The country’s electoral system, therefore, needs an overhaul. The Electoral Commission should encourage and bring to bear strategies that will engender ideological principles in Nigerian political parties. The media, as the vanguard and watchdog of the society, should re-evaluate its role and in the circumstance, elect to be independent and astutely critical in its holistic delivery of the needs and demands of democracy.
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Christopher N. Ekong and Ettah B. Essien, 2012. The Economics of Gangsterism and Sycophancy in Nigerian Politics.  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 4(4): 277-284.
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