Nigeria since independence : forever fragile?
- Hill, J. N. C. (Jonathan N. C.), 1978-
- New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, c2012.
- Physical description
- xiii, 173 pages ; 23 cm.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-167) and index.
- Introduction 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 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 Security Failure to Provide Healthcare and Education The Dangers of Disintegration Conclusions 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 Fuel to the Flames: Oil and Political Violence in Contemporary Nigeria Oil and its Lubrication of Nigeria's Failure Damage to the Economy Damage to the Environment Corruption Damage to Democracy Failure to Promote Human Flourishing and the Spread of Armed Violence Secessionism On Troubled Waters: Oil and its Contribution to Nigeria's Unity Conclusions 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 Rights The Armed Forces' Efforts to Prevent Nigeria's Failure Maintaining and Preserving Security Strengthening Public Participation and Trust in the Political Process Promoting Social Integration and Harmony Conclusions Conclusion Selected Bibliography.
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- Publisher's Summary
- Boko Haram's recent attacks have helped turn Nigeria into a failed state, yet so far it has avoided breaking up. But what are the forces keeping it together? And how much longer will they continue to do so? Nigeria since Independence seeks to answer these important questions by looking at the complex and contradictory roles played by the country's federal structures, oil reserves, and the armed forces. The picture of contemporary Nigeria it paints is at once intriguing and complex, frightening and optimistic. This book focuses on both the factors fuelling the insurgencies in the Niger Delta and the North-East, which are the primary cause of country's failure, and the main mechanisms helping to keep the country together. Enhanced by interviews with senior Nigerian policy-makers and foreign diplomats, it provides a crucial insight into the state of modern Nigeria.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- J.N.C. Hill, Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies, King's College London, UK.