Preferences help
enabled [disable] Abstract
Number of results
2017 | 70 | 2 | 285-303
Article title

The Jonathan administration in Nigeria: A postmortem study and lessons for dictators in Africa

Title variants
Languages of publication
The general objective of this paper is to conduct a post-mortem study of the Jonathan administration in Nigeria. The specific objective is to identify the aspects of the administration that facilitated the progress of democracy in the country (at this period). The study is significant because, the evidence of democratic progress in Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa, would send strong signals (profound evidence) to despots in weak African democracies that after all, there are sound alternatives to despotic and malevolent governance-tendencies in such problematic polities. In such countries, coup plotting and other undemocratic practices are still highly attractive and the need for deterrence arises.
Physical description
  • Department of Public Administration and Local Government, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
  • [1] Cavanaugh, Jeffrey. 2013. Doing Business in Africa: Nigeria.
  • [2] BBC News. 2015. Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan, profile of a defeated president.
  • [3] Lawson, Heyford. 2006. Jonathan: A Colossus at 49. The Source (Lagos), December 11.
  • [4] Otuoke is now in Bayelsa State of Nigeria, after Bayelsa was carved out of the Rivers State as formerly constituted.
  • [5] Ezeamalu, Ben. 2015a. The Presidential Journey of Goodluck Jonathan.
  • [6] Ezeamalu, Ben. 2015b. I was afraid Bayelsa people would boo me – Jonathan.
  • [7] Obi, Comfort. 2011. Jega: Jonathan’s Statesmanship.
  • [8] Ogbeh, Audu. 2013. I can’t stay in the party where death is only way to resolve disputes.
  • [9] Chiedozie, Ihuoma. 2012. I am the world’s most criticized president – Jonathan.
  • [10] Bratton, Michael. 2008. Vote buying and violence in Nigerian election campaigns. Electoral studies 27(4): 621-632.
  • [11] Adolfo, Eldridge Vigil, Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs, Daniel Nyström, and Mats Utas. 2012. Electoral Violence in Africa. Policy Notes 2012/3. Uppsala, Sweden: The Nordic Africa Institute.
  • [12] Collier, Paul, and Pedro C. Vicente. 2012. Violence, bribery, and fraud: the political economy of elections in Sub-Saharan Africa. Public Choice 153(1-2): 117-147.
  • [13] Siollun, Max. 2015. How Goodluck Jonathan lost the Nigerian election.
  • [14] Andrews, Jaiyeola, Onyebuchi Ezigbo, and Gboyega Akinsanmi. 2015. Buhari: Jonathan's Phone Call Changed Nigeria's Political History. history/210558/.
  • [15] Obi, Ben. 2015. Jonathan Left a Saner Nigeria.
  • [16] Attah, Noah Echa. 2013. Contesting exclusion in a multi-ethnic state: rethinking ethnic Nationalism in Nigeria. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture 19 (5): 607-620
  • [17] Yimer, Mohammed. 2015. Rethinking African Governance Architecture; Lessons and Recommendations for action. International Journal of Research 2(2): 944-948.
  • [18] YouWiN. 2015. What is YouWiN!?
  • [19] Falodi, Fisayo. 2015. Buhari should remove fuel subsidy – Utomi.
  • [20] Ibekwe, Nicholas. 2015. Nigeria’s 2015 Transition: Jonathan’s failures, achievements in five years.
  • [21] Agbakwuru, Johnbosco. 2013. Heed the call of your fatherland, contest 2015 election’ group tells Jonathan.
  • [22] Enietan-Matthews, Timothy. 2014. Full text of President Jonathan’s declaration speech.
  • [23] Engineering Network. 2015. The Nigerian Infrastructural Deficits Exposed by the Present Fuel Scarcity.
  • [24] Ndibe, Okey. 2015. Unfueled, at time of transition.
  • [25] Akov, Emmanuel Terkimbi. 2015. Fuel Subsidy Corruption and the Illusions of Economic Reconstruction in Nigeria. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 4(1): 395-406.
  • [26] Nordhaus, William D. 1973. The allocation of energy resources. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 3.
  • [27] Ogundipe, S. O. 1985. IMF Yes. Ibadan, Nigeria: Spectrum Books.
  • [28] Anyanwu, John. C. 1992. President Babangida's Structural Adjustment Programme and Inflation in Nigeria. Journal of Social Development in Africa 7(1): 5-24.
  • [29] Nkogbu, Oshilim Godfrey, and Oritsematosan Okorodudu. 2015. Deregulation of the Downstream Sector of the Nigerian Petroleum Industry: The Role of Leadership. European Journal of Business and Management 7(8): 35-46.
  • [30] Uzodinma, E. 2015. Subsidy removal: Nigerians gear up for showdown Against Buhari.
  • [31] Okwanya, Innocent, Ogbu Moses and Job Migap Pristine. 2015. An Assessment of the impact of Petroleum Subsidy on Consumer Price Index in Nigeria. Global Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 4(1): 36-39.
  • [32] Okhiria, Adebimpe O, and J. A. Obadeyi. 2015. Poverty, an African Epidemic: Empirical Evidence of Nigeria. Developing Country Studies, 5(6): 29-39.
  • [33] Oluwatusin, A. O, and A. F. Abolarin-Egbebi. 2015. Poverty and the Sustainability of Democracy in Nigeria. Journal of Humanities and Social Science 20(2): 36-42.
  • [34] Kpessa, Micheal, Daniel Be´land and Andre Lecours. 2011. Nationalism, development, and social policy: The politics of nation-building in sub-Saharan Africa. Ethnic and Racial Studies (34: 12): 2115-2133.
  • [35] Olehi, Uche. 2015. Jonathan’s 17 unpardonable sins.
  • [36] Ademoyo, Adeolu.2015. Jonathan’s Legacy and the Jonathan Hangover.
  • [37] Iyoha, Francis O., Daniel E. Gberevbie, Charles T. Iruonagbe, Matthew E. Egharevba. 2015. Cost of Governance in Nigeria: In Whose Interest? International Journal of Social, Education, Economics and Management Engineering 9 (1): 245-252.
  • [38] Jibir, Adamu, Bashir Bappayaya and Hajara Babayo. 2015. Re-examination of the impact of unemployment on economic growth of Nigeria: An econometric approach. Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, 6(8): 116-123.
  • [39] Danjibo, N. D. 2009. Islamic Fundamentalism and Sectarian Violence: The ‘Maitatsine’and Boko Haram’ Crises in Northern Nigeria.
  • [40] Adesoji, Abimbola. 2010. The Boko Haram Uprising and Islamic Revivalism in Nigeria. Africa Spectrum 45(2): 95-108.
  • [41] Adesoji, Abimbola O. 2011. Between Maitatsine and Boko Haram: Islamic fundamentalism and the response of the Nigerian state. Africa Today 57(4): 98-119.
  • [42] Okpaga, Adagba, Ugwu Sam Chijioke, and Okechukwu Innocent Eme. 2012. Activities of Boko Haram and insecurity question in Nigeria. Arabian Journal of Business and Management Review 1(9): 77-98.
  • [43] Onuoha, Freedom C. 2012. Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Extremist Islamic Sect. Al Jazeera Centre for Studies 29(2): 1-6.
  • [44] Walker, Andrew. 2012. What is Boko Haram? Washington DC: United States Institute For Peace.
  • [45] Anyadike, Nkechi. 2013. Boko Haram and National Security Challenges in Nigeria; Causes and Solutions. Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development 4(5), 12-23.
  • [46] LeVan, A. Carl. 2013. Sectarian Rebellions in Post-Transition Nigeria Compared. Journal of Intervention and State building 7(3): 335-352.
  • [47] Adibe, Jideofor. 2014. Explaining the Emergence of Boko Haram.
  • [48] Aribisala, Femi. 2014. We are all Boko Haram.
  • [49] Crisis Group. 2014. Curbing Violence in Nigeria: The Boko Haram Insurgency. Africa Report No. 216, Brussels: International Crisis Group.
  • [50] Okeke, Remi. 2014. Nigeria’s Post neoliberal Deficiency Syndrome. Arabian Journal of Business and Management Review (OMAN Chapter) 4(10): 19-29.
  • [51] Aliyu, Ahmed, Ravichandran Moorthy, and Nor Azizan Bin Idris. 2015. Towards Understanding the Boko Haram Phenomenon in Nigeria. Asian Social Science 11(10): 307-317
  • [52] Akinola, Olabanji. 2015. Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria: Between Islamic Fundamentalism, Politics, and Poverty. African Security 8(1): 1-29.
  • [53] Chiluwa, Innocent. 2015. Radicalist discourse: a study of the stances of Nigeria's Boko Haram and Somalia's Al Shabaab on Twitter. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 10(2), 214-235.
  • [54] Onapajo, Hakeem and Abubakar A. Usman. 2015. Fuelling the Flames: Boko Haram And Deteriorating Christian–Muslim Relations in Nigeria. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 35(1): 106-122.
  • [55] Weeraratne, Suranjan. 2015. Theorizing the Expansion of the Boko Haram Insurgency In Nigeria. Terrorism and Political Violence,,1-25
  • [56] Falola, Toyin. 1998. Violence in Nigeria: The Crises of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies. Rochester: Rochester University Press.
  • [57] Ibrahim, Jibrin. 1989. The politics of religion in Nigeria: The parameters of the 1987 crisis in Kaduna State. Review of African Political Economy 16 (45-46): 65-82.
  • [58] Adebayo, Ibrahim. 2010. Ethno-religious crises and the challenges of sustainable development in Nigeria. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa 12 (4): 213-225.
  • [59] Marcus, Babatola. 2015. Ethnic politics and religion in Nigeria: Implications for National integration. Global Journal of Political Science E and Administration 3(3): 1-11.
  • [60] Collier, Paul. 2015. Security Threats Facing Africa and its Capacity to Respond. Prism: a Journal of the Center for Complex Operations 5(2): 30-41.
  • [61] Blond, Becca. 2015. 10 Longest-Reigning African Dictators.
  • [62] Lawal, Gbenga. (2007). Corruption and Development in Africa: Challenges for Political And Economic Change. Humanity & Social Sciences Journal 2 (1): 01-07.
  • [63] 2015. New Campaign Launched Focusing on Dictatorship in Africa.
  • [64] Baba, Ibrahim. 2015. Political Culture and Democratic Transition in West Africa: The Nigerian Experience. Universal Journal of Management 3(3): 115-121.
  • [65] Allison, Simon. 2014. Equatorial Guinea: One man's fight against dictatorship. tutu-alicante
  • [66] Buhari, Muhammadu. 2015. We Will Stop Boko Haram.
  • [67] Abdou, Labo Bouche. (2015). Democracy in Africa: A ‘one step forward, two steps backward’ policy. International Journal of English and Literature 6(2) 45-50.
  • [68] Adetayo, Olalekan. 2015. I conceded defeat to prevent crisis – Jonathan.
  • [69] Vanguard. 2015. Buhari hails Jonathan at AU Summit.
  • [70] Hall, James. 2015. Long governance equals worse governance and more conflict: Africawide-continental overview. Africa Conflict Monitor, 2015(3) 4-10.
Document Type
Publication order reference
YADDA identifier
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.