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Leadership and National Integration in a Federal State: The Nigerian Experience

 – Leadership and National Integration in a Federal State: The Nigerian Experience – 

ABSTRACT

This research work discusses leadership and national integration in a federal state. The aim of this study is to explain the impact of leadership in national integration in a federal state. The project will be divided into five chapters, chapter one discussed the background to the study.
Chapter two deals with literature review, definition of leadership, factors that sustain instrumental political leadership, element of leadership national integration, step to be taking towards national integration.
While chapter three discusses the challenges of national integration, the implication of leadership problems on national integration. Chapter four discusses the contribution of Nigerians fourth republic leaders and lastly chapter five deals with summary, conclusion and recommendation.

INTRODUCTION

1.1 Background of the Study
Nigeria is a country which has been historically exposed to impact of foreign influence. As a nation needs to rehabilitate her sense of values through this, we can integrate confidence in ourselves and build a united and integrated country erected on a foundation of our knowledge, it involves both politics, social, cultural and economic aspect of a nation fostering oneness and unity in diversity.
The concept of nation is the process of constructing or structuring a national identity, using the power of the state.
This process aims at the unification of the people within the state so that remains politically stable and viable in the long run, it is also a process of enhancing the capacity of state institution, building state-society relations and also external interventions.
However, I would like to emphasize the fact that nations do not just happen, by historical accident, rather they are built by men and women with vision and resolve.
National integration is, therefore, the product of conscious statecraft, not happenstance national integration is always a work-in-progress, a dynamic process in constant need of nurturing and re-invention.
National integration never stops and true national integration never rest because all nation are constantly racing up to new challenges.
National integration has many important aspects. Firstly is about building a political entity that corresponds to a given territory, based on some general acceptance rule norms and principles and some common citizenship.
It is also about building institutions that symbolize the political entity institutions such as bureaucracy, as economy, the judiciary, universities, civil service and civil society organizations. Above all these, however, national integration is about building a common sense of purpose, a sense of shared destiny, a collective imagination of belonging.

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