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

By Victor Oguejiofor Okafor

This e-book examines the impression of post-colonial management on political integration in Nigeria, providing an in-depth figuring out of the old and modern forces that form Nigeria's nationwide politics in addition to African politics often. Okafor discusses how Nigeria's pre-colonial and colonial political histories in addition to modern exterior forces like neo-colonialism, in addition to inner social, monetary and political buildings and advancements, have affected rising post-independence politics within the kingdom. The examine climaxes with an Africa-centered idea of political and integrative management after which makes use of it as a prism for examining six Nigerian post-independence political leaderships, encompassing Nigeria's First and moment Republics, in addition to their army interregna. The concluding bankruptcy incorporates a dialogue of the consequences of the learn for management and political integration in Africa often.

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54 Thus, as political scientist, Ali A. ”55 The army was also infected by this disease of ethnicity chauvinism. ”56 Such fears of one ethnic group using the army to secure political dominance of the country had long been expressed by a prominent Nigerian politician, Obafemi Awolowo. He advocated that in order to allay this concern, Nigeria should replace the standing army it had inherited from Britain with compulsory military training for Nigerians. ”57 Besides ethnicity, there was/is the factor of bureaucratic corruption.

Think of it in terms of a good driver in the wheels of a malfunctioning car. Even if you were a good driver, you would need a car that is in a good working condition for you to steer the wheels successfully. Conversely, if the car were in a good working condition, but the driver were incompetent, you might have a crash! A state lacking in political stability may not support good political leadership. It can hardly attain and sustain economic prosperity and national tranquility. The citizens will be hard put realizing their full potentials because the political dispensation inhibits creativity.

In other words, the reforms were not necessarily made at the initiative of the colonial power. They were not voluntary gifts from a liberal and reforming colonial regime. Other Africans—on the continent and in the Diaspora—have also had to take either direct nonviolent actions or engage in armed struggles in order to break the yoke of oppression. ”41 As previously noted, Nigerian nationalists and historians like Fajana and Biggs identified the 1946 constitutional reform as part of the early foundation for ethnic politics of dis-unity in Nigeria.

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