n African Renaissance - Nigeria : towards a better union

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Professor Solarin presents a candid appraisal of the failure of the Nigerian project. It is evident to many informed observers - and the author lucidly articulates this - that the Federal Republic of Nigeria has proved to be a highly unworkable, if not dysfunctional project. It doesn't seem that the union has really ever worked since attaining political independence in 1960, save perhaps for the ephemeral euphoria of decolonisation that characterised the early 1960s. Arather more distressing conundrum is that there tends to be a deepening decline of statehood in Nigeria since the Biafran civil war of 1967-1970. Political instability, insurgencies, ethno-religious strife and communal violence have become part of the defining characteristics of Africa's largest federation.

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