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Withering away of the state: Nigeria a failing or failed state?

Author Affiliations

  • 1Centre for Conflict and Gender Studies (CCGS), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, River State, Nigeria

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 6, Issue (9), Pages 55-61, September,14 (2017)


The aim of this study is to evaluate the happenings in Nigeria in redressing the failed state status with a focus on the present administration since the turn of this century. For years now, Nigeria has featured consistently in the list of one of the failed states. The paper looked at the indices of failed states and how these applied to Nigeria as a State. The paper also looked at the insecurity, poverty, youth unemployment, corruption among the highs and lows in the society and basic infrastructures that are denied the citizenry. Also, the issue of leadership was also looked at to arrive at whether Nigeria has withered or withering failed or failing as a state. Conclusions were made as well as suggestions on the best way to save this sinking ship, called Nigeria.


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