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Indeed, a major part— more than half—of the workforce in African cities operate within the informal sector. Processes of informalization, which can be observed in virtually all the regions of the continent, are numerous due to the failure and difficulties of African economies in integrating with the global economic dispensation. Indeed, a central preoccupation in Simone’s analyses is the “proliferating informalization of urban spaces and activities”24 in Africa and its multiple links to the larger world.

Also, in the north, businessmen have been able to entrench a nationwide vehicular economy based on oil, agricultural produce, machinery, and a variety of commodities. With the collapsed rail-road transportation system, trucks have become the pivot of this vehicular economy. Within this itinerant economy, a migrant subculture has become established, which is, in many respects, the antithesis of the strict Koranic way of life. In Ibadan, a city in southwestern Nigeria, there is a vibrant subcommunity whose inhabitants are mainly from northern Nigeria and who live outside the policing of the Sharia code in a neighborhood called Ojoo.

Finding favor within his ethnic enclave entails saving part of his loot for development projects and well-wishers in his ethnic domain. This undermines the uniform administration of law and order. In other words, justice is usually an instrument for juridical trade-offs between often-competing ethnicities which are in the constant struggles for limited government resources. The fact that the country has experienced prolonged militarism in its checkered political history must also be mentioned. Militarism as a form of politics extends beyond itself and its precise, active moment.

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