STUDENT NOTES 1 - NIGERIA. Why Study Nigeria?. LDC trying to democratize GDP per capita = $2,134 HDI rank #151 The Economist ’ s Democracy Index ranking = #124 (few spots higher than China and Iran) History of colonialism, military rule, parliamentary democracy & presidential democracy
1979 – Presidential System
Both systems experienced frequent interruptions/periods of Military Rule –frequent coups
As with many “developing nations”, the bureaucracy has been the source of employment for large numbers of people not engaged in trade or agriculture.
Major source of corruption due to political instability, lack of accountability, and massive cash from oil production.
Bureaucracy has maintained its power throughout military and civilian rule