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Troubled Journey : Nigeria since the Civil War :  Nigeria since the Civil War - Levi A. Nwachuku

Troubled Journey : Nigeria since the Civil War

Nigeria since the Civil War

By: Levi A. Nwachuku (Editor), G. N. Uzoigwe (Editor)

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Troubled Journey: Nigeria Since the Civil War is the latest of a number of case-study probes into Nigeria's unique experience as modern African state. It pulls together a talented group of Nigerian historians who have been close students of Nigeria's troubled journey since Independence Day on October 1, 1960 and more precisely since the conclusion of its devastating Civil War- 1967-1970. This book is a major contribution to the on-going debate about how best the country can be politically restructured and socio-economically reformed.

A useful tool for teaching. -- Olu Moleye, Florida A&M University
Unique in its approach to Nigerian history. -- Judith A.W. Thomas, Lincoln University
A much-needed contribution to the historiography of Nigeria. -- Cyprian Rowe, Johns Hopkins University
The authors of Troubled Journey have demonstrated unrivaled dexterity in their analysis of the regimes that have piloted Nigeria through the thick fog of its social, economic, and political crises. -- Joseph O. Falodun, Chair, Department of Education, Delaware State University

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Milestones in Nigerian History
Maps
Photographs
Tables
Historical Overview
Nigeria to 1960: An Overviewp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Geography and Environmentp. 2
Ancestry of Nigeriansp. 4
State Formationp. 10
External Influencep. 12
Conclusionp. 16
Survey of Nigerian History Since Independencep. 21
Introductionp. 21
The Test of the Nigerian Statep. 23
Census Crisis, 1962-1963p. 24
Creation of the Midwest Statep. 26
Lagos University Vice Chancellorship Crisis, 1965p. 27
Prelude to the First Military Coupp. 28
Western Region Election, November, 1965p. 29
The Coup d'etat, 1966 and the Subsequent Break-up of the Nigerian Federationp. 32
Aftermath of the Civil War: A Federal Omnipotencep. 38
Social Ethicsp. 39
The Igbo Experiencep. 40
Nigeria 1970-1980: The Boom Decade, An Overviewp. 42
Nigeria 1980-1990s: The Troubled Years, An Overviewp. 44
From Gowon to Abubakar
Era of Misguided Good Feeling: Yakubu Gowon and the Birth of a New Nigeria, 1970-1975p. 51
Backgroundp. 51
Silver Liningp. 52
Reconstruction and Rehabilitationp. 54
Economic Mismanagementp. 60
Corruption, Extravagance and Inequalityp. 64
Foreign Policyp. 68
Broken Covenantp. 71
Conclusionp. 73
The Quest for National Purification: Murtala Muhammed's New Vision, 1975-1976p. 79
Introductionp. 79
Civil and Public Service Purgep. 80
Transition to Civil Rulep. 86
Relocation of the Federal Capitalp. 87
Creation of More Statesp. 88
Abandoned Property Issuep. 89
Leadership Style and Political Structurep. 90
Socio-Economic Problemsp. 93
Foreign Policyp. 98
Exit of a Hero and Soldier-Statesmanp. 100
Conclusionp. 101
Vision Betrayed?: Olusegun Obasanjo, 1976-1979p. 111
Introductionp. 111
The Economyp. 113
Social Cultural Forcesp. 116
Foreign Policyp. 121
Political Developmentp. 123
Obasanjo: An Assessmentp. 126
Vision Lost: Restoration of Civilian Rule and Shehu Shagari's Missed Opportunity, 1979-1983p. 133
Introductionp. 133
Shehu Shagari: A Profilep. 136
Politics of Survivalp. 139
Reassertion of State Power and Central Government Responsep. 147
Economic Crisisp. 151
The Public Sectorp. 157
Social Forcesp. 162
Foreign Policyp. 169
The 1983 Elections and the Fall of the Second Republicp. 172
Conclusionp. 179
Crisis of Purpose: Muhammadu Buhari's Renaissance of National Sanitation, 1984-1985p. 187
Introductionp. 187
General Muhammadu Buhari: A Profilep. 189
Economic, Social and Political Inheritancep. 191
Redemptive Economic Measuresp. 192
Educationp. 194
Ethical Purificationp. 196
Foreign Policyp. 197
Conclusionp. 200
Collapse of Purpose: Ibrahim Babangida, 1985-1993p. 207
Introductionp. 207
The Political Bureaup. 209
Mass Mobilizationp. 212
Administrative Reformsp. 214
Rural Developmentp. 217
Economic Policyp. 220
Transition to Civil Rule Programp. 224
Foreign Policyp. 228
Conclusionp. 231
Legacy of National Paralysis: Ernest Shonekan and Sani Abacha, 1993-1998p. 237
Rise and Fall of Shonekanp. 237
Political Developments Under the Abacha Regimep. 242
Economic and Social Developmentsp. 246
Foreign Affairsp. 257
Conclusionp. 259
The Abacha Regime, 1997-1998: A PostScriptp. 260
Abdulsalaam Abubakar's Interregnum, 1998-1999p. 269
Introductionp. 269
Transition to Civil Rulep. 270
Social Policyp. 272
The Economyp. 275
Foreign Policyp. 279
Conclusionp. 280
The Future of Nigeria: Problems and Prospects in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 283
The Paradox of Nigeriap. 283
Importance of Nigeriap. 284
Primacy of Politics: "Seek Ye First the Political Kingdom"p. 286
Secularity versus Theocracy: Religion as the Opiate of the Peoplep. 298
The Military Factor: The Soldier as Citizenp. 302
Foreign Policy: Charity Begins at Homep. 305
Economic and Social Imperatives: Leadership and Reformp. 306
Vision 2010 Report: A Retrospective Lookp. 311
Economic Reformp. 313
Social Reformp. 316
Conclusionp. 317
Appendixp. 323
Select Bibliographyp. 327
Indexp. 331
Notes on Contributorsp. 339
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ISBN: 9780761827122
ISBN-10: 0761827129
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: February 2004
Publisher: University Press of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 13.9  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.52