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  Sci. Res. Impact.  

  7(3): 739-752, June 2021

 

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Scientific Research and Impact, Vol. 7(3), pp  739-752 June 2021

doi:1014412/SRI2021.752

(ISSN 2315-5396) 2021 Science Park Journals

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Politics of Resources and Peaceful Coexistence: Challenges and Prospects of the Nigerian State.

 

Nwamuo Bright Enyinnaya, Emmanuel C. Alaku, Ani U. S, Joseph C. Chukwu and Akpuh Charles

 

Department of History and Strategic Studies, Federal University, Ndufu Alike, Ebonyi State, Nigeria,

 Department of History and International Studies, Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria,

Department of History and International Relations, Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State, Nigeria

Department of History and Strategic Studies, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike, Ebonyi State, Nigeria,

Department of History and Strategic Studies, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike, Ebonyi State, Nigeria.

 

 

 

 Abstract

Resources are the bed rock of every economy, in Nigeria these endowments are mostly controlled by the government. The control and management of these resources particularly oil has witnessed a lot of politics, diplomacy and political maneuverings. There have been agitations from some regions about the control and distribution of the oil wealth with much of it coming from the Niger Delta region which is the hub of Nigeria’s oil endowment. Such agitations are mainly occasioned by the feelings of alienation from the management and distribution of the oil wealth. This feeling among the people has distorted their perception of leadership and governance in Nigeria. This paper takes up issues of diplomacy, politics of resources and peaceful coexistence in Nigeria. It examines the attitude of these political leaders, the role played by resource bearing communities and how such resources have affected relations and coexistence among different Nigerian nationalities. The objective of this paper is to carefully examine the role of government and the citizens in resource management, politics, diplomacy and its influence on the people, bringing to the fore lapses inherent in the management of these resources and its implications on coexistence. It also examines experiences of these oil bearing communities and the Nigerian citizens whose wealth have remained under the control of few individuals at the leadership positions. It assesses the qualities of these leaders considering their obligations to the society. Careful assessment of these leaders reveals that some of them lack leadership qualities and see leadership as a means to wealth. This attitude has affected the perception of the people, most of who have been gradually impoverished and have systematically lost the benefits of these resources. Therefore oil has become a force at the center of the unity of Nigeria as it can undermine the existence of Nigeria. This study has used secondary sources such as textbooks, journals and newspaper reports. It has identified some gaps in resource management, diplomacy, politics, leadership and follower ship in Nigeria, implications and has suggested a way forward. 

 

  

            

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