CONSTITUTIONALISM, DEMOCRACY AND HEGEMONIC STRUCTURE IN NIGERIA
There is a rationale in the assumption that democracy underpins a set of values which when realized makes it the ideal system of governance. The constitution is regulatory of principles that lead to the attainment of good governance. Granted that Nigeria has a constitution but how constitutional is our democratic governance? To answer this question, the expository, hermeneutical and analytical methods are used. Relevant concepts, constitutionalism and democracy are examined, perspectives of political and constitutional developments in Nigeria since independence is presented and analyzed. It is discovered that most successive governments of Nigerian violated the principles of good governance and rule of law, etc., that define constitutionalism. But while most were under ‘the military’, it is not that abstract that truncated the course of true democracy; no, behind it were real men whose acts in government galvanized into a hegemonic structure in Nigeria. The history of monopoly of leadership in Nigeria reflects aggrandizement and unconstitutionality. It is recommended that credible and democratic institutions be put in place and sustained. Also, goodwill on the part of leaders is necessary to cause that perceived lapses of constitution are addressed, to ensure good governance and attain national unity.