Abstract

The level of lawlessness, judicial inconsistencies, double standard practices and executive over bearances makes it appear as though Nigeria was in Locke’s mind when he theorized about his State of War. The trajectory of violent events in Nigeria is a stark reminder that the country is slowly regressing into the hypothetical state of war created by the social contract theorist; John Locke. The dynamics and the emergence of violent groups in the country such as the Boko Haram sect, the Niger Delta Avengers and the Fulani Herds men is a reflection of the general state of insecurity ravaging the country. Using John Locke’s social contract theory, the research made a comparative analysis of the Nigerian state, and the Lockean state of war concluding that the country is living in falsehood, as the present constitution does not reflect the will of the people. Thus, the research emphasized that; if the country is to progress from this ‘state of war’ in which it finds itself, then the state must be ready to reinvent/renegotiate the contract terms of this union.

How to Cite
ANTHONY, DAVID E. EYO, Rufus,. The Lockean State of War and the Nigerian State: A Comparative Analysis. Global Journal of Human-Social Science Research, [S.l.], nov. 2017. ISSN 2249-460X. Available at: <https://socialscienceresearch.org/index.php/GJHSS/article/view/2346>. Date accessed: 05 mar. 2021.