Accepted Paper:

Villainy or Conflict of Interest? Assessing the Trump, Suu Kyi and Buhari Leaderships and the Implications for the Future Trends of Minority Group Voting Behaviour.  


Nanji Rimdan Umoh (University of Jos)
Gloria Samdi Puldu (University of Jos)

Paper short abstract:

Development leadership is almost elusive where there are several contending interests to satisfy. This is more so when the leader appears to epitomize positions socially exclusive of minority interests thereby further ingraining inherent inequality and heightening tensions that agitate the polity.

Paper long abstract:

Groups of people desire to be ably represented with their rights and privileges guaranteed by the popularly elected government of their nation. This rings truer with minority groups unlisted among the main racial, ethnic or religious groups by which the nation is identified. They tend to be overshadowed by overarching policy processes and actions which largely favour the more easily identifiable majority groups. This paper assessed the governments of Donald Trump of the United States, Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar and Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria based on the pre-electoral victory expectations, the post-electoral realities inherent in their indigenous societies as well as the reactions emanating from their electorates. The paper relied solely on a qualitative research design in evaluating some major events that have unfolded in the course of the administration of governance processes in each of these nations vis-à-vis the promises made to and the expectations of their respective citizens. It basically assessed the extent to which these processes have either further deepened or assuaged the racial, ethno-religious and socio-economic divides and tensions that had long bedeviled their societies. These analyses expectedly provided springboards on which projections on the future trends of voting behavior of minority groups were made. Strategies that derived from the very characteristics for which these nations are noted and by which they are identified were suggested for reinventing these societies in order to checkmate the deeply-ingrained social injustice and disequilibrium and enhance national unity.

Key Words: Governance, Leadership, Minority Group, Social Injustice, Voting Behaviour.

Panel A05
Development leadership, wicked problems and global inequalities (Paper)