Nigeria: Completing Obasanjo’s Legacy

Issue Date July 2006
Volume 17
Issue 3
Page Numbers 100-115
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As president of Nigeria since 1999, former general Olusegun Obasanjo has burnished his legacy of engagement in two transitions from military dictatorship to constitutional government by affirming his resolute opposition to militarism as a form of government. In 2005, however, a shadow descended on the president’s legacy of dedication to democracy. He evidently favored consideration of a constitutional amendment that would have allowed him to seek a third term despite widespread public disapproval of any such maneuver. By graciously accepting the defeat of the amendment, Obasanjo has solidified his contribution to Nigerian democracy, but much remains to be done.

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Richard L. Sklar

Richard L. Sklar is professor emeritus of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Ebere Onwudiwe

Ebere Onwudiwe is professor and director of the Center for African Studies at Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio.

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Darren Kew

Darren Kew is associate professor and chair of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has served as an international observer during every Nigerian national election since 1999.

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