HomeIAMURE International Journal of Literature, Philosophy and Religionvol. 1 no. 1 (2012)

Making Sense of Ethical Democracy in Nigeria in the 21st Century

Terfa Kahaga Anjov

Discipline: Philosophy



The practice of democracy without insisting on its ethical values is bound to fail in any part of the world. This is what is currently going on in Nigeria and other countries in Africa and Asia. Politicians claim to operate democratic style of governance without reflecting the democratic values in their actions and words. Making sense of Ethical Democracy in Nigeria in the 21st century examines the possibility of relating ethics to the practice of democracy. Does democracy as it is practiced in Nigeria induce or otherwise jettison ethical practices? The socio-ethical method is adopted to critically examine the mutual interactive effects of the relationship between ethics and democracy. The study discovers that due to the high level of poverty in the world, political leaders prefer to think, act, and work in order to satisfy their personal interest to the detriment of the interest of the public. The study concludes that at the moment, there is no mutual relationship between ethics and democracy in Nigeria. The achievement of this link is the beginning of development in Africa and the world.