Publisher: University of Calabar

Social Contract Theory and The Problems of Contract Vitiation In Citizens and Constituted Authority Relationship: A Case Study of Political Dissidents and Ethnic Militia In Nigeria

Dr Adeyeye Adewole
KEYWORDS: Social Contract, Contract Vitiation, Ethnic Militia, Political Dissidents

ABSTRACT:

The paper examines the social contract theory in practical political discourse against the backdrops of the problem of political dissidents and ethnic militia. It observes that political dissidents are practical expressions of citizen rights to better treatment in a contractual relationship between citizens and constituted authority. Using the experience of Nigerian political dissident and ethnic militia as case-study, the paper concludes that the activities political dissidents are complementary mechanism to ensure the workability of social contract model in citizens and constituted authority relationship.

The paper examines the social contract theory in practical political discourse against the
backdrops of the problem of political dissidents and ethnic militia. It observes that political
dissidents are practical expressions of citizen rights to better treatment in a contractual
relationship between citizens and constituted authority. Using the experience of Nigerian political
dissident and ethnic militia as case-study, the paper concludes that the activities political
dissidents are complementary mechanism to ensure the workability of social contract model in
citizens and constituted authority relationship.


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