The Politics of Mass Mobilisation in Nigeria: An Appraisal of the Administration of President Muhammad Buhari


  • Oladele Johnson Olaniyi University of Ilorin, Nigeria


Governance is such a daunting task that requires reciprocal efforts of both the governors and the governed. This explains why governments in all political systems develop legitimation strategies aimed at enlisting the support of the people for their ‘developmental projects’. This study examines legitimation efforts of successive administrations in post-colonial Nigeria through Mass Mobilization initiatives. The study, which adopts historical cum comparative methods of investigation and analysis, finds that while successive regimes in Nigeria have resorted to mobilization strategies including creation of agencies to earn legitimacy, certain regimes politicized their mobilization programmes turning them into instruments of political vendetta thereby negating the stated objectives of the mobilization efforts. The study concludes by proposing some measures capable of enhancing the integrity and effectiveness of mobilization strategies in Nigeria.

Nigeria, politics, mass mobilisation, governing elites, anti-graft agencies



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