An Assessment of Institutional Decay and Conflict in Nasarawa State: An Overview of Democratic Institutions


    The livewire of a democratic society is anchored on how the institution works. Institutional functionality engendered an all-inclusive government that accelerates good governance and enhances development for the overall citizens at all levels. While dysfunctional institutions endanger the elements of democracy such as the justice system, liberty, constitutional government, freedom of the press and equality before the law amongst many others. This dysfunctional democratic institution goes beyond being a threat to the elements of democracy only, but also threatens economic and educational development thereby entrenching chaos and anarchy in Nasarawa State and Nigeria inclusively. This sense of anarchism was seen in the various crises that affected Nasarawa state over the years. The institutional decay provided an enabling ground for the ruling class to perpetuate conflicts along ethnic and religious inclination to enrich their selfish desires. The research adopts an explanatory approach for analysis in this work. The design exposes the researcher to mainly secondary data. In this light, the chapter suggests that a nexus exists between institutional decay and conflicts in Nasarawa state and these factors undermine Nigeria’s fledgling democracy. Consequently, if democracy must thrive and peaceful coexistence assured, the pepper sees the need to reevaluate the functionality of democratic institutions in Nigeria with a view to understanding the intrigues of the institutions in Nasarawa state.   

    Keywords: Institutional Decay, Conflict, and Democratic Institution

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    author/Isiaka Hassan Aliyu et al

    journal/Zamfara IJOH Vol. 1 Issue 3