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Department of Political Science, LASU holds monthly lecture

Renowned political analyst, Professor Sylvester Odion Akhaine, emphasised that good governance is the only way to prevent coup attempts in Nigeria. 
Department of Political Science, LASU holds monthly Lecture

THE Department of Political Science at Lagos State University hosted her monthly lecture series with a thought-provoking lecture by seasoned political analyst and columnist, Professor Sylvester Odion Akhaine, who emphasised the crucial role of good governance in preventing coup attempts in Nigeria.

Speaking at the monthly lecture series organised by the Department, Professor Akhaine drew parallels with Kenya's political situation to underscore the importance of effective governance, transparency, and inclusive policies in mitigating the risk of military intervention.2da0e88a-2a3d-4976-b640-faa3d99cd927

The programme, held on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at the Abubakar Momoh Moot Parliament, Faculty of Social Sciences, LASU Main Campus, Ojo, was titled "Taming the Leviathan: Between Authoritarianism and 'Reason of State'".

Professor Akhaine's assertion highlighted that countries plagued by corruption, ineffective leadership, and disregard for democratic norms create fertile ground for instability and military intervention.

Citing historical examples, he argued that coups often occur when there is widespread dissatisfaction with governance, leading factions to believe that military intervention is necessary to restore order or address perceived injustices.d9945817-cda1-41da-a8f7-4bbb467bcc99

By emphasising the importance of good governance, transparency, and inclusivity, Professor Akhaine's view suggests that countries that prioritise accountability, the rule of law, and responsive governance structures are less likely to experience coup attempts.

The event was graced by the Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, Professor Ibiyemi Ibilola Olatunji-Bello, mni, NPOM, who was represented by the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Olufemi Lawal.

Professor Lawal, while delivering the Vice-Chancellor's remark, emphasised the Department's commitment to academic excellence and the advancement of knowledge in political science and related fields, remarkably underscoring the importance of such academic gatherings in fostering critical discourse and intellectual growth within the University.

The seminar was attended by a diverse array of students, researchers, and distinguished guests, including Professor Sabella Abide, Alabama State University, USA, and Professor Abdur Rahman Olalekan Olayiwola, Pioneer Head of the Department of Political Science.

The event concluded with a question and answer session, allowing participants to engage directly with Professor Akhaine's further contributions to the themes explored during the lecture, showcasing LASU's commitment to academic excellence and fostering critical discourse.

The seminar series came to a close with a group photograph of the organisers and attendees, capturing the spirit of scholarly rigour and collegiality that permeated the event.

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