By Victor Oguejiofor Okafor
This ebook examines the effect of post-colonial management on political integration in Nigeria, delivering an in-depth realizing of the old and modern forces that form Nigeria's nationwide politics in addition to African politics in general. 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 kingdom. The learn climaxes with an Africa-centered conception of political and integrative management after which makes use of it as a prism for interpreting 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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But, to the disappointment of the nationalist movement, this constitutional reform failed to set a date for national independence. 6. 1958 Constitution: This reform set October 1, 1960 as the date of independence from colonial rule for Nigeria. 40 Note that each of the six constitutional reforms had the effect of advancing Nigeria’s march towards independence from British colonial rule. Note also that in each case, the reforms were introduced as a result of unrelenting pressure from politically conscious Africans.
As earlier stated, these ethnic unions turned out to be the fore-runners of the political parties that vied for federal and state elections before and after independence. Confirming that the Action Group was a direct offshoot of the Egbe Omo Oduduwa, its leader, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo said: When the idea of starting a political party occurred to me in 1949 and I began to make contacts, I had frequent contacts with members of the Egbe . . 50 That statement was reinforced by an Action Group premier of the Western Region, the late Chief Samuel Akintola, who stated that the Egbe Omo Oduduwa and the Action Group were ‘as inseparable as wine and water’51 in their goals and objectives.
In other words, these coups occurred in the wake of a public outcry and disgust against economic difficulties, governmental improprieties and ineptitude and ethnic or religious insensitivity on the part of the government of the day. Thus, it appears that the true antidote to military usurpation of power is an effective and integrative political leadership under girded by Afrocentric/Africa-centered values. How could this be achieved? This is the challenge that this book tackles. It is one thing to propose a theoretical remedial measure, but what concrete steps are necessary for such a measure to become a reality?
A Roadmap for Understanding African Politics: Leadership and Political Integration in Nigeria by Victor Oguejiofor Okafor