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1 Citizens, Society, & The State Nigeria

2 Presentation Outline III. Citizens, Society, & The State a)Political socialization b)Cleavages c)Civil society and interest groups d)Political violence

3 III. a) Political Socialization 1)Family 2)Ethnic tribe 3)Church/Mosque Do you remember what political socialization means?

4 Family Left: A wealthy Christian family from southern Nigeria has political influence, power, and wealth Top left: a poor woman and her child collecting contaminated water for drinking

5 Ethnic tribe An Igbo family wearing traditional dress Ethnic groups play a significant role in Nigerian political socialization. Tribalism and loyalty to one’s nation is emphasized over allegiance to the Nigerian state.

6 Church/Mosque More than 90% of Nigerians are either Christian or Muslim. About one half are Christian, while the other half are Muslim. Places of worship are major centers of political socialization.

7 Left: Christians tend to be pro-American while Muslims generally hold an unfavorable view of America and the West. Top: Both Muslims and Christians do overwhelmingly support democratic values.

8 III. b) Cleavages 1)Ethnic cleavages 2)Religious divisions 3)Wealth gap

9 Ethnic cleavages Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups, each with its own language, custom, and culture Tensions do flare up and ethnic violence against another nation/tribe is not uncommon In 1967 the Igbo people separated from Nigeria and declared independence as the Republic of Biafra; after three years of brutal civil war the state was reunified in 1970


11 Left: The short-lived Igbo Republic of Biafra

12 Left: Igbo children starving during the civil war Top: Massacre at an Igbo hospital by Nigerian soldiers

13 After the Biafran Civil War more states were created which splintered the power of the main ethnic groups. Separatist movements have not disappeared but are no where near as prevalent as they once were or are in states such as China or Russia.

14 Religious divisions Religion splits Nigeria in half: The North is Muslim while the South is Christian Bombings of churches and mosques occur frequently and tensions are highest during elections and near the middle belt Islamic fundamentalism and radicalism has manifested itself in the North with the appearance of the political group Boko Haram


16 Top: The results of the 2011 Nigerian presidential election reinforced the religious divisions. The South supported the Christian PDP candidate, while the North supported the Muslim CPC candidate

17 Wealth gap Despite its oil wealth, more than 70% of Nigerians live in poverty In fact, this income gap is the largest of the 6 AP case study countries Poverty occurs throughout Nigeria but the North tends to be poorer as all of Nigeria’s oil is concentrated in the Southern Delta region

18 Nigeria

19 The North tends to be poorer than the South with the exception of Kaduna and Kano states

20 Female literacy is lower in the North. This is partially explained by poverty, and by the influence of traditional Islamic values regarding female education

21 III. c) Civil Society and interest groups Nigeria has an active civil society and partly free press There are hundreds of different voluntary and professional associations that operate within Nigeria and attempt to influence government policy However, some journalists have faced intimidation, human rights groups have been restricted at times, and some human rights activists have been tortured and even killed

22 Nigeria’s press is partly free which ranks well in its region but is certainly not up to Western liberal democratic standards of press freedoms.

23 Interest Groups Nigeria’s interest group arrangement is best described as an emerging pluralist system There are a number of prominent interest groups which do influence government policy However, there still are restrictions on some interest groups, particularly human rights groups

24 Key Nigerian Interest Groups Nigerian Bar AssociationNigerian Labor CongressNational Association of Nigerian Students National Council of Women’s Societies

25 III. d) Political violence Peaceful demonstrations occur throughout Nigeria However, political violence does occur with regularity, particularly during election years This contrasts with more liberal democracies where political violence occurs only on rare occasions

26 The Islamic Fundamentalist group Boko Haram has been responsible for Church bombings, executions, and tortures throughout Northern Nigeria. Boko Haram advocates creating a Nigerian theocracy and separate state in the North Top left: Boko Haram militantsTop right: victims of a recent Boko Haram bombing


28 Niger Delta Violence- Militants in the Niger Delta have burned oil fields; some want more oil profits; while others are protesting the environmental damage done by the oil industry Top left: Niger Delta militants Top right: The torching of oil fields in the Niger Delta


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