alexa Representative Democracy and Advocacy for the Poor in Nigeria: Finding the Missing Link

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Representative Democracy and Advocacy for the Poor in Nigeria: Finding the Missing Link

Nigeria’s return to civil rule after years of military and authoritarian rule raised high expectations especially by the poor for a possible resolution of the hydra-headed socio-economic crisis bedeviling the nation since flag of independence in 1960. May 29th 2015 marked 16 years of uninterrupted democratic rule in the country. Yet, this has failed to translate into sustainable socio-economic and political development as the economy though adjudged the biggest in Africa move from one crisis to the other. The system in vogue before the adoption of representative democracy as a platform of citizens’ representation was direct democracy. Direct democracy, is a type of democracy that allows the people themselves, rather than the elected representatives, to determine the laws and policies by which they are governed.

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