Dafe oputu

Nigeria’s Democratic Structures

‘For the People, by the People’ Rebuilding Trust in Nigeria’s Democratic Structures

For decades, Nigerian citizens have been denied the opportunity to contribute to shaping the laws and policies they are governed by. The notion that political engagement is the preserve of the elite has eroded public trust in democratic structures. In order for this trust to be restored, this author argues, the innate power of civic society to shape the political destiny of the nation needs to be re-emphasized.

Dafe oputu

is a sub-editor at The Republic and PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Department of Political Science, where he studies democratic governance and urban development in Africa.