Published June 30, 2023 | Version v1
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The Dilemma of Post-Colonial Nigeria: Restructuring as a Remedial Measure in the Quest for Good Governance

  • 1. Department of History & International Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, peterkertyo@gmail.com
  • 2. Department of International Studies and Diplomacy, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Nigeria. mokemi@biu.edu.ng
  • 3. Department of International Studies and Diplomacy, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Nigeria. ityonzughult@gmail.com

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The question of whether Nigeria should be restructured amidst the myriad of issues confronting her as a state constituted a major debate in academic discourses. Since independence in 1960, post-colonial Nigeria is characterized by challenges that are not only irreconcilable but are begging for the right antidote. While many feel restructuring is the only panacea to Nigeria’s post-colonial challenges, others disagree. This paper, therefore, aimed at interrogating Nigeria’s post-colonial challenges while figuring restructuring as the rescue approach. The paper uses primary and secondary data to enhance the objective analysis of the phenomena in focus. It posits that though; restructuring as widely canvass is imperative in reconciling the inherent contradictions in Nigeria’s socio-economic and political architecture, it should not be viewed within the context of divisional or regional creations. The paper argues that restructuring should be done within the context of good governance, ensuring equity and accountability. The paper’s conclusion is that restructuring in the context of good governance will mitigate corruption, nepotism, and ethnicity, among others leading to the development of Nigeria. 

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