Abstract

This research work set out to examine the relationship between civil society and democratic consolidation in Nigeria especially in the fourth republic, focusing on the prospects and challenges. In doing so, the research sourced data’s from both primary and secondary sources: while the David Easton’s system theory was adopted as a framework for theoretical analysis. To establish the relationship between Nigerian civil society and democratic consolidation in the country was the main objective of this study. Thus, the research raised the fundamental question; is there a relationship between the nature of civil society in Nigeria and the challenges of democratic consolidation? And as such, the research hypothetically considered the character of the Nigerian civil society to be weak. The findings of the research revealed that although historically, the existence of a vibrant civil society has been part of the political and social life of Nigeria. In recent times however, the civil society in Nigeria has been found to be very weak, very reactive, lacking in organization and tactics and also possess very weak financial base and thus lack the capacity to mobilize and sustain long period of protest and are very vulnerable to cooptation by the state. Therefore does not possess that overbearing influence on government. To this end, and based on the findings, the research made recommendations which included that; civil society groups should maintain a cordial relationship with the state and not to be seen as always antagonistic but should be engage in only constructive and rational criticism.

 

 

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