ABU Journal, Department Of Public Administration
Volume No: 2|
SURVEY ON PERCEPTION OF NIGERIANS ON GOVERNANCE AND POLITICAL OFFICE BEARERS IN A DEMOCRATIC ERA
DR. SIRAJ BARAU ABDULKARIM, FCIA
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION,&NBSP;AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY,ZARIA, NIGERIA
This paper studied the perception of Nigerians on governance and political office bearers. Nigeria was under a prolonged military rule since independence in 1960 but for a few years of civilian administration. From 1999 to date the country, for the first time, has witnessed democracy for over a decade. The paper attempted to study and analyze the perception of Nigerians to democratic governance after a prolonged military rule. The study established that Nigerians are highly disappointed with the performance of the politicians because there was no good governance, no trust on the politicians, increasing corruption and poverty. People thought politicians have learnt their lesson and would now serve the people through good governance, transparency and rule of law but are disappointed. The paper recommends that politicians must imbibe good governance or else the people would lose faith in democracy and their governance.
The key solution for the government to turn around the situation is the implementation of good governance and transparency at all levels of governance. That would check the cancer of corruption making peace and development a mirage in Nigeria.
We conclude by reiterating that democracy cannot be compared with military rule and it still offers opportunity to gain the confidence of the people and achieve development once its basic principles of good governance, rule of law and credible elections are upheld.