Interrogating Political Instability

By: Bala Yusuf  

Political instability is a common and unavoidable phenomenon in all human society. All over the world, conflicts occur because society is made up of people with differing interests and values. In most societies, conflicts occur when parties in a state of independence perceive divergent views or believe that their aspirations or goals cannot be achieved simultaneously. Conflicts are a state of disagreement or argument between people, groups, or countries. Governance is conceptualized as the processes and systems by which a government manages the resources of a society to address socio-economic and political challenges in the polity, which Nigeria is facing for long time. Since 1960 Nigeria quickly committed itself to diplomatic relations with states within the African continent and beyond in a form of concentric cycle. Stability is key to any meaningful development of any country; it observes that the occurrence of conflicts in any society could be more violent, leading to destruction of lives and properties. It notes that political instability hinders good governance in Nigeria. This paper considers the circumstances that led to the political instability in Nigeria and how to deal with it, including recommendations.

Conflict, Diplomacy, Governance and Instability
Community Diversity and Governance
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Bala Yusuf

Lecturer, History Department, Sokoto State University, Sokoto, Nigeria

B.A. History and Masters of International Affiars and Diplomacy (MIAD) at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.