Nigeria: A Failed State
Robert Nwadiaru, author
Countries change for the better after going through upheavals. The reason is that those countries’ leaders learn from the crises and position their countries on progressive lane. This hypothesis has failed in Nigeria. Crises mushroom daily. Some tribes even threaten to separate from the country and become independent. The president once elected turns a tribal and religious representative. The new President operated for five months without cabinet. After strong national outcry, he recycled the old brigade that has ruled the country for the past thirty-five years without significant progress or peace to show for their persistent grip on public office. Recently, the National Assembly threatened to impeach the president. Reason is selfishness; everybody wants to contest the presidency in four year’s time irrespective of one’s moral standing. The needed rapport between the executive and the legislature is lacking. Nigeria is gliding to a failed state. The state of the nation is no longer hidden to the world. Sometimes, the world thinks that mental laxity is to blame for the problem. This is not true and I have been able to present this argument in the book. When this republic started, 1999, a study discovered that Nigeria had the highest number of university graduates in parliament the world over. Some of the country’s political leaders even studied in the Ivy League universities in the West. Yet, their performance in public office betrays their academic background and height. A fatal vice is responsible for their behavior and the situation in the country. The book has 300 pages spread in nine chapters besides the prologue and epilogue. The presentation was done using different assessment indicators. Although the setting is Nigeria, the writing done in the West, it was given universal appeal. This universal outlook, will make it comprehensible and interesting to anybody whether Nigerian, African, citizens of the third world and beyond. Most of the resource materials in the market now are either not comprehensive in content or are apologetic of the inept Nigerian oligarchy. “Nigeria: A Failed State,” has a different approach that departs from this status quo since I have never compromised my stance on the indiscipline in the “homegrown democracy”. This is the principal reason why I reproduced a few of my former articles for the public to realize that I have been consistent in my trend of thought. And it makes the book unique as well as a bestseller! There are many books in the market that discuss the concept, none has adopted multifaceted approach like “Nigeria: A Failed State.” Most of them use uni-prong strategy to discuss the crux of the matter, corruption. Some treated the concept in legal eyes defining the concept and tried to recommend what should happen to an offending officer. “Nigeria: A Failed State,” rather traces corruption in Nigeria right from Independence in 1960 to present using such indicators as: \tMineral Resources \tElection \tInternational Relations \tElectricity \tSecurity \tTourism \tPopulation \tAbandoned Projects, and \tAnti-Graft Structures There is corruption in any of these domains which has made them to be ineffective and liability on the country. This is a real expose on Nigeria and its political culture. It’s well researched with accurate presentation. There is palpable fear that Nigeria could descend into more instability because of the dwindling oil prices globally and resumption of insurgency in the Niger Delta. The book is almost a primary source since its reference is based on news media and current events. People of the third world countries will find it fascinating since it’s factual in its presentation with references and touches the factors for their own nations’ political and economic backwardness. Nigeria, the most populous black nation on earth and indispensably the leader of African continent must move ahead if the region has to progress. I was told that President Barack Obama has said this but I had observed it in my previous articles even those I wrote in Latin America. The former President of the United States has confirmed what some of us Nigerian political observers had remarked many years ago. The language is simple and does not belabor the reader with esoteric and unfamiliar vocabulary. The book will be useful for students in various African studies: Political Science, International Affairs, Contemporary African History, Comparative Studies, and Research Fellows on current African affairs.