Managing protracted social conflict in Nigeria: The role and relevance of traditional institutions of governance

Sango, Tonson J. (2009) Managing protracted social conflict in Nigeria: The role and relevance of traditional institutions of governance. In: The 3rd Annual International Conference of Nigerian Students (ICONS) 2009, 4th-5th April 2009, Hull University, Hull. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This paper investigates the extent to which traditional institutions of governance can contribute to the process of resolving ongoing social conflicts, as well as preventing new ones from erupting. Conflicts within states have proven to be highly destructive, resulting not only in the death of thousands of people but also in the destruction of property, and the disruption of economic, political and socio-cultural activities of affected communities and countries. This paper aims to elucidate the role of traditional institutions in influencing the factors that precipitate social conflict. I argue that the enduring existence of these institutions can be of invaluable relevance to the theory and practice of modern Conflict Resolution and Transformation. With the aid of an empirical mapping of past and present cases of conflict in Nigeria, and a comparative analysis of the process and outcome of the involvement of traditional institutions of governance in these cases, conclusions are drawn on the significance of traditional rulers and their institutions in contributing to peace and stability. Some recommendations are presented on the possibility of enhancing the constructive role and overall relevance of traditional institutions of governance through collaboration with other stake holders such as civil society actors, state institutions and trans-national corporate actors.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: T.J. Sango
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2009 09:43
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2012 15:21
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/19655 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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