An Assessment of the Theory of Self-Determination in the Resolution of Ogoni People’s Struggle in Nigeria under International Law.

1Ayaka Simon Silas

1Department of Political Science

Umaru Musa Yaradua University Katsina

Katsina State, Nigeria

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This paper examined the Ogoni people of Nigeria’s self-determination claim for secession and independence through the lens of international law on self-determination and secession, using ex-post-facto research method of data collection. The study assessed whether this oppressed minority group can rely on international law-based rights, in order to achieve its separatist claim. Through the use of content analysis, it was discovered that there is neither extant international law nor a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly that expressly permitted secession and independence of a people for self-determination. The paper recommended dialogue as a way-out to resolve self-determination issues facing the peoples in Nigeria.

Citation of article: Ayaka, S. S. (2022). An Assessment of the Theory of Self-Determination in the Resolution of Ogoni People’s Struggle in Nigeria under International Law.  African Journal of Politics and Administrative Studies (AJPAS), 15(1):37-48


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