The Struggle for Democracy in Britain, Mexico and Nigeria. Questions for Reflection. What do the histories of Britain, Mexico and Nigeria have to tell us about the capacity of established power to resist popular demands for democratization?
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The Struggle for Democracy in Britain, Mexico and Nigeria
From an eyewitness account in Carib Islands 1519:
“Some Christians encountered an Indian woman, who was carrying in her arms a child at suck; and since the dog they had with them was hungry, they tore the child from the mother’s arms and flung it still living to the dog, which proceeded to devour him before the mother’s eyes”
“Words cannot adequately express my joy and pride at being the Nigerian citizen privileged to accept from Her Royal Highness these Constitutional Instruments which are the symbols of Nigeria’s Independence… Each step of our constitutional advance has been purposefully and peacefully planned with full and open consultation, not only between representatives of all the various interests in Nigeria but in harmonious cooperation with the administering power which has today relinquished its authority.”
REPUBLIC 1: PARLIAMENTARY FEDERALISM
CIVIL WAR 1967-1970
Republic II: PRESIDENTIALISM
1985 – 1998
REPUBLIC III: PRESIDENTIALISM