International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

VOTER RIGHTS AND CREDIBLE ELECTION IN NIGERIA: THE IMPERATIVE OF RETHINKING THE CONTENT OF CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION
BASSEY JAMES EJUE, SAMUEL ASUQUO EKANEM

Abstract
Nigeria has had twelve years of continuous democratic governance in this fourth republic which began in 1999, but this has not yet nurtured any acceptable democratic culture. This can be seen in the high level of voters’ apathy between 2003 and 2007 general elections, which many agreed were flawed. It is this apathy that provided a leeway for politicians to manipulate the process of voters’ registration during the last two general elections in the country. With the recent voters’ registration exercise, and the ripples from the just concluded general elections in Nigeria, it is evident that there is no democratic culture that can guarantee credible elections by best international practices. This is largely due to the fact that voters do not know their rights and such rights are not protected. It is as a result of this that politicians easily buy votes from the electorates with cheap commodities. A critical look at the political problems in the country reveals lack of political education and a high level of illiteracy. It is on the basis of this that this paper advocates the enrichment of the content of citizenship education in our schools. The paper proposes that citizenship education should be anchored on a philosophy of essencism and creation of social entrepreneurs

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