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POLITICAL SCIENCE

TRADITIONAL GOVERNMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

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TRADITIONAL GOVERNMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

ABSTRACT

Traditional governance and politics, administration, and community leadership have recently been among the most investigated topics among current scholars and researchers.

Prior to independence, throughout the pre-colonial and colonial periods, scholars, notably foreign scholars, focused on comparative politics, viewing Nigeria as a nation within the context of the African political system.

Indigenous scholars made concerted efforts to counter this trend immediately after independence. They began to concentrate their efforts not only on the study of ethic nationalities, but also on specific such as traditional politics,

governance leadership, and local administration, with the goal of investigating how people at the grass roots conducted their affairs and welfare, employing historically well established organisational structures that are both historic, self-sustaining, and indigenous in order to achieve social harmony, political stability, and economic development.

Various features of the lgbo Traditional political system have been the focus of significant intellectual inquiry in the past. For example, Isichei 1976 diligently studies Igbo history, discussing various aspects of Igbo social, political, and economic life and placing them in their proper context.

Afigbo 1972, on the other hand, investigated the issue of Warrant chiefs as an element in Igbo traditional system and administration. Nzimiro, 1972 conducted a study of four lgbo villages, Onitsha, Aboh, Oguta, and Osaimiri, to investigate how traditional monarchial authority evolved and how it could be eliminated.

Furthermore, Nwachukwu (1993) investigated relatively limited areas of Umuorji, Awo ldemili, Mgbidi, and Ubulu to discover the difference between a distributed political system and a monarchial system of leadership.

All of these efforts are evidence of the widespread interest that contemporary scholars and researchers, particularly in the fields of social science, have in broadening their understanding of not only Igbo ethnic nationality but also their indigenous political system, leadership, and administration, as well as other factors that contribute to their effectiveness.

All of these efforts have resulted in the publication of various books and literature that were previously unavailable to researchers on the lgbo traditional political system,

limiting the efforts of previous researchers to conduct various types of inquiries in other areas such as family, marriage, ceremonies, inheritance, and so on.

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