Politics of patronage based on primordial identity is not a new phenomenon in Nigeria. The impact of such patterns of politicking has been obviously untoward. This study interrogates the apparent manifestation of ethno-clannish patronage in the politics of political appointments under Muhammadu Buhari’s civilian administration (2015-date). Relying on a descriptive analysis of secondary data, as well as a selective application of prebendal theory, the study observes that members of Buhari’s ethno-communal grouping tend to have been favored rather disproportionately in terms of the allotment of political appointments at the federal level. The study posits that such an ethno-clannish posture smacks of the politics of exclusion, which negates the spirit of national integration. The study further contends that not only had President Buhari favored his kinsmen and tribesmen in his appointments, but he has also appointed many of his family relations into strategic positions, thus entrenching nepotism in the process of statecraft. The study submits that such an approach to statecraft holds negative implications for good governance and national integration in Nigeria.
The King’s Men and His Kinsmen: Interrogating the Politics of Ethno-Clannish Patronage under Buhari’s Civilian Administration in Nigeria
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Ikenna Mike Alumona, Al Chukwuma Okoli; The King’s Men and His Kinsmen: Interrogating the Politics of Ethno-Clannish Patronage under Buhari’s Civilian Administration in Nigeria. Ethnic Studies Review 1 April 2021; 44 (1): 32–49. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/esr.2021.44.1.32
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