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date: 23 September 2019

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This chapter discusses the power of indigeneity in citizenship determination in Nigeria. It grants political economy a role but rejects the denial of culture an independent status in citizenship determination. It shows that cultural nationalism retains independence and supremacy over political economy in citizenship determination in Nigeria because the ethnic question is posed as the principal contradiction. Citizenship is cast as ethnic justice based on the equation of individual rights with group rights and in turn with social justice in, ironically, individual-focused distributive system. The power of culture in citizenship determination finds expression in partial and inclusive concepts of indigeneity. The partial concept disenfranchises on a small scale in local and smaller constituencies while the inclusive concept disenfranchises on a bigger scale by denying several groups access to presidential office, effectively watering down Nigeria’s constitutional status of republic.

Keywords: Nigeria, Nigerian, citizenship, indigeneity, cultural nationalism, claim, power

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