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The absence of government in a country or state is referred to as _____.
The definition of democracy as "Government of the people, by the people and for the people" is a concept of _____.
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Pressure groups are present in every country of the world. These groups are crucial to the members who make them up because they wield the power to influence the government and governmental Institutions, alongside their policies and laws through their actions.
Note: The pressure group can also influence any political institution, society, another group or an individual.
By definition, a pressure group is any formal and organized body or group of people with the same interest and whose main goal is to put pressure on any governmental institution in order to influence government policies and laws to their own gain.
An example of a pressure group whose voice is often heard in Nigeria is the Academic Staff Union for Universities (ASUU).
Another instance of a pressure group in Nigeria is the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group who pressured the Nigerian Government into taking appropriate actions towards the release of the 276 kidnapped female secondary students popularly referred to as the Chibok Girls, in Chibok, Bornu State, Nigeria.
Note: These innocent female students were kidnapped by the so called "Boko Haram" on the night of April 14th - 15th, 2014.
The above pressure group was massive globally to an extent that even the first ladies of various foreign countries became a part of it.
A Legendary Nigerian Artist by name Innocent Idibia (popularly called 2face) made a song titled "Bring Back Our Girls". He featured various artists on this song as they all made their voices heard towards the release of the kidnapped Chibok Girls.
The Ethinic Pressure Group is a type of pressure group.
Some of the ethnic (or regional) pressure groups present in Nigeria include:
Formed in 1993 in the houses of Chief Bola Ige and Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Afenifere is a socio-cultural organization formed in the interest of the Yoruba people within Nigeria and beyond.
Afenifere preserves the identity, culture and vision of the Yoruba people.
Its first leader was Chief Abraham Adesanya while Chief Bola Ige served as the deputy leader.
After the death of Chief Abraham Adesanya, another similar group called "Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG)" came into existence in 1998.
2. Arewa Consultative Forum (AFC)
The Arewa Consultative Forum is a pressure group established on 7th March, 2000. They are considered to be the most influential group in Northern Nigeria.
The main goal of AFC is to maintain the unity of the Northern region in Nigeria. Infact, they acclaim themselves to be the pillar of unity with regards to Northern democracy.
AFC are seen to be very active on issues relating to Nigerian politics.
3. Ijaw Youth Council (IYC)
The Ijaw Youth Council (fondly called Ijaw Youths) was formed on the 11th day of December 1998 in Kaiama, Bayelsa State.
IYC are considered to be the most active pressure group in the South-South region of Nigeria.
They stand and fight for the civil and fundamental rights of their people.
Due to the presence of oil in this region, they had constantly demanded for an independent government in order to manage their own resources.
4. Middle Belt Forum (MBF)
The MBF is a socio-political group in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria.
Although the diverse ethinic group within this region are often considered as minority in Nigeria, the MBF have actively and effectively worked towards the liberation of her people from the domination of other geo-political zones in Nigeria, especially the Nothern Nigeria.
The Middle Belt states in Nigeria include Benue, Plateau, Nassarawa, Abuja (FCT), Kogi, Kwara, Taraba, Adamawa and Niger States respectively.
5. Ohanaeze Ndigbo
This is the ultimate pressure group in the Eastern part of Nigeria.
After the Nigerian Civil war, they came into existence in 1976 with the core aim of unifying the Igbo people living within and outside Nigeria.
Ohaneze Ndigbo are known to fight for the civil and democratic rights of the Igbos.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo had been successfully headed by Chief Kingsley Mbadiwe, Dr. Francis Akanu Ibiam, Dr. Michael I. Okpara, Dr. Pius Okigbo and Chief Jerome Udorji.
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Amazing facts in Government
NOTABLE POINTS IN Government
Anarchy is one of the forms of government. Ironically, it is the absence of government in a society, country or state.
An instance of anarchy occurred in Somalia in 1991 after a dictator name Said Barre was overthrown. This made Somalia disintegrate into fractions with local warlords imposing their authority over their land/area.
Other forms of government includes:
Democracy is a form of government where the power of choosing a leader is vested on the people. It represents a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
According to Abrahim Lincoln,
Democracy means government of the people, by the people and for the people.
In democracy, the citizens have the rights to vote and be voted for. The citizens are mandated to choose their preferred candidate by voting for them through their political party. In fact, this voting process is considered as one of the civic responsibility of every citizen.
NOTE: No one is above the rule of law in the democratic system. If the election outcome does not reflect the mandate of the people, a court of competent jurisdiction can nullify such election.
Democracy is practiced in countries like Nigeria, United States of America, India and South Africa.