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Nigeria Since Independence, Forever Fragile?, by J. Hill

Nigeria Since Independence, Forever Fragile?, by J. Hill
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Nigeria Since Independence
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by J. Hill
Sub title
Forever Fragile?
This book analyses the political and ethnical tensions that characterize Nigeria, which derive both from colonial and contemporary conflicts. It points out three major factors why Nigeria has not yet collapsed like many other African states: ethnic power sharing amongst the political elite, the military with its national outlook, and oil wealth
Table Of Contents
Cover; Half-Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; 1 Fear of Failure: Negative Sovereignty and the Birth of State Failure; The causes and consequences of state failure; Identifying failed states; Failure to promote human flourishing; The spread and spread of the concept of state failure; Conclusions; 2 The Enemy Within: Insurgency and the Failure of the Nigerian State; The ways and extent of Nigeria's failure; Boko Haram; The MEND; Failure to control; Failure to promote human flourishing; Failure to provide securityFailure to provide healthcare and educationThe dangers of disintegration; Conclusions; 3 The Emperor's New Clothes? Federalism, the Decline of Old Loyalties and the Rise of New Jealousies; The post-independence background to federalism; The function of federalism; ' Not a nation': federalism and the preservation of difference; A spur to ethnic tensions; Damage to national unity; Damage to political rights; Corruption; Out of many came forth one: federalism and the quest for unity; Conclusions; 4 Fuel to the Flames: Oil and Political Violence in Contemporary NigeriaA brief history of the Nigerian oil industryOil and its lubrication of Nigeria's failure; Damage to the economy; Damage to the environment; Damage to democracy; Corruption; Failure to promote human flourishing and the spread of armed violence; Secessionism; On troubled waters: oil and its contribution to Nigeria's unity; Conclusions; 5 Of the People but for the People? Nigeria and Its Armed Forces; The legacy and reputation of Nigeria's armed forces; The armed forces' contribution to Nigeria's failure; A failure to defend; The abuse of human rightsThe armed forces' efforts to prevent Nigeria's failure and disintegrationMaintaining and preserving security; Strengthening public participation and trust in the political process; Promoting social integration and harmony; Conclusions; Conclusions; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index
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