Governance and the Rule of Law in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic: A Retrospect of Local Government Creation in Lagos State

Bisiriyu Abiodun Taleat


This paper examines governance and rule of law in the Nigerian Fourth Republic with a view to understudy the case of new local government creation in the fourth republic. This study relied extensively on secondary sources of data collection. It provides analysis on the political dynamics behind the creation of a new local government by Lagos state government, reasons for the creation, and the problem(s) with the constitution on the issue, the reaction from the federal government, as well as court proceedings and judgment. It, therefore, concludes that the Government of Lagos State was justified by creating new LGAs, while president Obasanjo (the then Nigerian President) and his administration acted against the rule of law by withholding the statutory allocations due to local governments in the state.


Local government; Governance; Creation; Rule of law; Constitution

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