The Concept of Good Government

The Concept of Good Government


Albert Einstein, in a letter to a Rumanian friend Maurice Solovine from Princeton U.S.A. “A fashion rule each age, without most people being able to see the tyrants that rule them” Although man as Aristotle opines is a political animal who desires and longs to live in a community with his species, he is the best of all the animals that rule and guided by laws. In the same vein, man could be the worst of all animals when there is anarchy. NO SEW Dame It is in the light of this that Aristotle opts for a government that would be beneficial to the people. The researcher would attempt to explain what a good government is, according to Aristotle, and also analyze them in the light of the Nigerian situation. The question: Who should rule? For what purpose? And what is the best form of government are fundamental questions in Aristotle’s concept of good government that this thesis intends to answer.


1. Sam Iroanusi, Nigeria’s Head of State and Government (Lagos: Iroanusi, Publications, 1999) p.5.

2. Ibid; p.5.

3. Ibid; p.7.

4. Ehusani George, Nigeria Year Eaten by the Locust, (Ibadan: Kraft Books Limited, 2002) p.8.

5. Olusegun Oladipo (ed) Recall A Chronicle of Nigerian Events (Ibadan: Hope Publications, 2000) p.9.

6. Ibid; p.17.

7. Iroanusi Op. Cit. p.8.

8. Robert F. P. Gwann et al (ed) The New Encyclopedia Britannica (Chicago: Pan America Vol. 8, 1993) p.128.

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