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Resurgent ethno-nationalism and the renewed demand for Biafra in south-east Nigeria

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Abstract:

The renewed demand for Biafra by Igbo people is a rejection of their post-war socio-political and economic condition in Nigeria. Through the processing of primary data, the paper examines this reinvention of Igbo nationalism. It looks at its linkage with the 1999 democratic transition in Nigeria, its implications and management by the government. The paper concludes that the renewed demand for Biafra is caused by perception of inequities and injustice in the distribution of power and resources among the Igbo. Hence a deliberate effort to correct these social problems can assuage ethnic tensions and presumption of political violence in Nigeria.

Keywords: Biafra; Igbo nationalism; Nigerian politics; ethnicity; social inequities

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14608944.2012.662216

Affiliations: Covenant University, Political Science/International Relations, Nigeria

Publication date: December 1, 2012

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