Knowledge, Governance and Democracy in Nigeria

By Moses Òkè and Cyril-Mary Pius Olatunji.

Published by The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review

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Bad governance provides a breeding ground for poverty and backwardness. Good governance by implication should enhance development in terms of economic, social and political development. Although many scholars agree that the main problem with Nigeria, as with many African countries, is that there is something wrong with their political office holders, it is nevertheless not strange to discover that in between the two opposites of good and bad governance, scholars continue in hot debates on where to place the blame of the defects of democratic practice in Nigeria. The foregoing debate notwithstanding, this paper addresses itself to a more fundamental issue. It argues, on the one hand, that regardless of whether democracy merely facilitates or necessarily produces economic or social prosperity, and on the other hand that whether or not Nigeria has adopted the right codes in the practice of democracy, some fundamental conditions under which good governance necessarily flows from democratic practices have not yet been met or established in Nigeria. Therefore, it is not sufficient to have good practitioners even where good practice necessarily produces good ends. It is also necessary to put the right and enabling conditions in place. Otherwise, it will be tantamount to employing the best machinery in the wrong direction. However, the paper refrains from prescribing how to or who will ensure establishment of the identified missing quality.

Keywords: Democracy, Governance, Knowledge, Scepticism, Information

The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review, Volume 11, pp.51-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 413.485KB).

Dr. Moses Òkè

Reader (Associate Professor), Department of Philosophy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Dr. Òkè is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Department of Philosophy at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, the institution where he also earned his degrees.His research interests include African Philosophy and Studies, Comparative Philosophy, Ethics, Jurisprudence, and Epistemology. He has published in international journals, including International Philosophical Quarterly; Philosophy, Science and Law; Quest; Nordic Journal of African Studies; Journal of Pan-African Studies; and Sorites.

Dr. Cyril-Mary Pius Olatunji

Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria

Dr. Olatunji is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD (Philosophy) from the University of Zululand, South Africa. His research interests include Epistemology, Informal logic, Semiotics, Phenomenology and Causation, in connection with Africa, Religion, Civil Society and Indigenous Knowledge.