Gregory Emeka Chinweuba (PhD)


For decades, Nigerian politics is subject of national discourse. This is as it negatively affects governance; creates hardship and poor human condition, and threatens national existence. Interrogating these situations, some scholars argue that Nigerian politics is poor owing to its lack of philosophy and philosophical application of policies in governance. These scholars claim that philosophers are largely removed from governance, policy formulation and implementation. But, has Nigerian politics not been radiating ideas that constitute philosophy? Are philosophers really removed from Nigerian politics and governance? In critical response to these questions, this paper analytically examines Nigerian politics and governance to determine its philosophical foundation and the role philosophy can play in remaking Nigerian nation. The study admits that Nigerian politics is poor; but discovers a paradox glaring in the fact that the same philosophy that is negatively destroying Nigerian State through non masses oriented thoughts and ideas could remake Nigerian nation through thoughts and ideas that would foster quality politics and human quality existence. The study therefore explores the negative and positive philosophies that characterize Nigerian politics and governance, and reveals the negligence of the latter owing to its non egoistic end. The paper notes that philosophy can remake Nigerian nation when quality philosophy is applied in politics and governance for the benefit of the greatest number of people. This application is possible when politics in Nigeria become service driven and less attractive, when selfless thinkers involve in policy making and implementation of policies, and when political activities are guided by people oriented laws.


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