By Victor Oguejiofor Okafor
This publication examines the influence of post-colonial management on political integration in Nigeria, supplying an in-depth figuring out of the ancient 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 besides modern exterior forces like neo-colonialism, in addition to inner social, financial and political constructions and advancements, have affected rising post-independence politics within the state. The research climaxes with an Africa-centered concept 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, besides their army interregna. The concluding bankruptcy contains a dialogue of the results of the learn for management and political integration in Africa ordinarily.
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57 Besides ethnicity, there was/is the factor of bureaucratic corruption. ”59 While Achebe may be guilty of over-generalization (I contend that there are legions of Nigerians who are neither corrupt nor corruptible), his assertions are largely reinforced by this book’s forth-right discussion of the multitude of social and political ills that plague Nigeria. Specifically, the work is correct in arguing that, in general, and no doubt there must be exceptions, Nigerian political leadership lacks integrity.
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Eventually, a government was put together, but the nation continued to slide, torn by the bitterness generated by the “rigged” elections. The country had nearly been enveloped by anarchy by the time the army stepped-in in 1966. Unfortunately for Nigeria, what had been conceived as a redemptive military intervention in national politics floundered during its execution and fell into the hands of a conservative army leadership, which failed to adequately manage the political crisis that was precipitated by the 1966 coup.
A Roadmap for Understanding African Politics: Leadership and Political Integration in Nigeria by Victor Oguejiofor Okafor