Publisher: Centre For Social Science Research, Enugu

Politics of Impeachment In Nigeria; A Discourse On Causes and Implications For Democratic Consolidation

Offor Maculay Arinze, Eze Christopher O., Nwaeze Oliver
KEYWORDS: POLITICS OF IMPEACHMENT IN NIGERIA; A DISCOURSE ON CAUSES AND IMPLICATIONS FOR DEMOCRATIC CONSOLIDATION

ABSTRACT:

The analysis in this paper focuses on politics of impeachment in Nigeria: causes and implications for proper and sustainable democratic practices. This paper is anchored on the aftermath several impeachment cases in Nigeria since the return of civil rule in 1999. It argued that the impeachment cases were characterized by all kind of illegality and abuse. It also argued that the primary cause is simply because our politicians see politics as a means to achieve economic empowerment which should be achieved by any means humanly possible. Consequently, the result has been subversion of the democratic process and political instability in the country. This paper recommends that provision of impeachment process in Nigeria constitution should be amended to make it the last option in removing the executive from office. It also recommends that civil education should be introduced into our school curriculum where young men and women will be taught on how to imbibe the spirit of love and service to their fatherland. This of course would open the eyes of our youths to understand that politics is not a means to acquire massive wealth but an opportunity to serve the country with little or no financial benefit.



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