n African Renaissance - Reflecting on assassinations and destructions in Nigeria's socio-political culture

Volume 3, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


This essay is a product of an anxiety, which wells up from the persistent re-occurrence of assassinations (or attempted assassinations) and destructions within the Nigerian polity. The deaths of Mr Anthony Olufunsho Williams (a Governorship aspirant in Lagos State) on Wednesday, 27th July 2006 and Dr. Ayodele Daramola (a Governorship aspirant in Ekiti State) on 14th August 2006 have helped to re-enforce the genuineness of this worry. These deaths are further additions to the litany of yet unresolved (political) assassinations in Nigeria.

Each of these deaths takes a momentary centre stage in national discussions and systematically fades away into a reclusive national subconsciousness, waiting for another gruesome murder to re-occur. Security operatives make promises of 'leaving no stone unturned' and 'bringing the perpetrators to book'. Government officials display their prowess for oratory and threats. The citizens gaze in confusion and hope they never happen again. Politicians increase their orders for bullet-proof automobiles and requests for more security guards. The clouds of uncertainties hang over our heads and there remain more questions than answers.

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