Public opinion on nigeria's democracy: Why the arab spring stopped in the desert

Anthony A. Olorunnisola, Ayobami Ojebode

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Abstract

As popular movements of citizens of countries in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region progressed, and in their aftermath, pundits in Nigeria and the Diaspora wondered if there would be a bandwagon effect in Africa's largest democracy. Yet, despite offline and online mobilizations, a growing national insecurity and the "Occupy Nigeria Movement" that sprang up against fuel price hikes in Nigeria, protests and revolts in Nigeria remained short-lived and aimed at piecemeal policy reforms rather than becoming a revolution to unseat the current government. Relying on a human development factors chart, the authors suggest that Nigerians' discontent appears to be motivated by yearnings for what citizens of some MENA countries already have and vice versa. As such, neither democracy nor autocracy-as systems of governance-has delivered the aspirations of African citizens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew Media Influence on Social and Political Change in Africa
PublisherIGI Global
Pages336-356
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781466641983
ISBN (Print)1466641975, 9781466641976
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 30 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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Olorunnisola, A. A., & Ojebode, A. (2013). Public opinion on nigeria's democracy: Why the arab spring stopped in the desert. In New Media Influence on Social and Political Change in Africa (pp. 336-356). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-4197-6.ch020