A Roadmap for Understanding African Politics: Leadership and by Victor Oguejiofor Okafor

By Victor Oguejiofor Okafor

This booklet examines the effect of post-colonial management on political integration in Nigeria, providing an in-depth figuring out of the historic and modern forces that form Nigeria's nationwide politics in addition to African politics usually. Okafor discusses how Nigeria's pre-colonial and colonial political histories besides modern exterior forces like neo-colonialism, in addition to inner social, fiscal and political buildings and advancements, have affected rising post-independence politics within the nation. The learn climaxes with an Africa-centered thought of political and integrative management after which makes use of it as a prism for studying six Nigerian post-independence political leaderships, encompassing Nigeria's First and moment Republics, besides their army interregna. The concluding bankruptcy contains a dialogue of the results of the examine for management and political integration in Africa as a rule.

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5smi SUDAN Maputo Durban LESOTHO Port Elizabeth Scale 1:51,400,000 Azimuthal Equal-Area Projection 800Kilometers ) In d ia n Ocean 800 Miles 8oundaiy representation is not necessarilyauthoritative. 1. Map of Africa. Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin. Although African countries in general and Nigeria were historically prone to political instability, since the 1990s, Africa has seen a wave of democratic changes of government previously unknown in its checkered history.

These weaknesses include indiscipline, a lack of true commitment to the public interest, an abandonment of the politics of honor, and the fear of ethnic or religious domination. The question remains whether the Nigerians who operate the revised constitution would strive to respect its letter and spirit, or obey it in the breech as their predecessors had done. How that question is resolved would determine, to a large extent, whether Nigeria would continue on its current path of democratic experimentation or would become, once again, a victim of violent military usurpation of power.

106 Neither the assaulted and robbed continent nor the direct human victims of the Great Enslavement have received compensation. Instead, African scholars and leaders in the Diaspora and on the continent who have called for reparations have been dismissed by some Western commentators, along with their African hatchet-writers, who seem to lack correct historical consciousness, as rabble rousers and extremists. 109 In this market, he notes, the prices of cash crops are determined not by the inter-action of demand and supply as the law of economics would prescribe, but by Western markets—a condition which the Western nations themselves will not tolerate in their internal economies.

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