Ethnicity, Nationalism, Statism, Citizenship and the Right to Non-Discrimination under the Nigerian

Ethnicity, Nationalism, Statism, Citizenship and the Right to Non-Discrimination under the Nigerian

Author by Dr. Eteete Michael Adam

Language: English

Abstract

There are many political and legal concepts that determine the relationships of persons with a country, nation, ethnic group or whichever political groupings they may belong to. Some individuals are capable of having different contacts -with several, some or one of these groups with attendant diverse levels of loyalties, allegiance or patriotism. Some countries of the world, especially large ones with federal structures, throw up scenarios of diverse interrelationships. In countries like the United States of America, Australia, Switzerland, Nigeria and Canada, the levels of interrelations and contacts of the citizenry range from citizenship of the nations of the country to the membership of the states (also referred to as state of origin) or provinces, condos, regions or in whatever nomenclature they are called. There are several lower tiers of government such as counties, local government areas, mayorage or districts. Beyond such constitutionally structured tiers of relationships, there are several other connecting rods like the ethnic groups or clannish configurations which also struggle for the loyalties of the citizens.


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