Democracy, Political Instability and the African Crisis of Underdevelopment
Alhaji Ahmadu Ibrahim, Lawan Cheri

This paper examines democracy, political instability and the crisis of underdevelopment in Africa. The paper using available sources of data and predicated on modernization theory argues that the African political instability and other related crisis is a consequence of its leadership problems. And lack of democracy has largely contributed to the development of underdevelopment of Africa. And these have resulted to the cases of corruption, poverty, terrorism, etc. the paper recommend that, democracy to be practiced according to its basic tenets of transparency, fairness, justice, guaranteeing the right of the people to choose and to change their governments periodically, the right for freedom of association especially in forming political parties, the primacy of rule of law, etc.

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