'Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide' deftly captures both the hilarity and the horror of Nigeria, offering a sharply observed, nuanced, laugh-out-loud understanding of a country of 190 million people, from its religious hypocrisy to the pragmatic nature of 'Nigerian love'.
This article describes politics using the analogy of a game of ‘tug of war’, which is a popular game. It is a game which requires the participants possess stamina, skills and above all patience in a bid to outwit their opponents and ensure victory.
Dantala lives in Bayan Layi, Nigeria and studies in a Sufi Quranic school. By chance he meets gang leader Banda, a nominal Muslim. Dantala is thrust into a world with fluid rules and casual violence. In the aftermath of presidential elections he runs away and ends up living in a Salafi mosque. Slowly and through the hurdles of adolescence, he embraces Salafism as preached by his new benefactor, Sheikh Jamal. Dantala falls in love with Sheikh’s daughter, Aisha, and tries to court her within the acceptable limits of a conservative setting. All the while, Sheikh struggles to deal with growing jihadist extremism within his own ranks. This novel explores life, love, friendship, loss and the effects of extremist politics and religion on everyday life in Northern Nigeria.
The policeman took his time examining my car papers. He seemed to be in no hurry. As he flipped through the pages, he walked back on his heels to check the plate number to see if it was the same as the one written on the licence. Having satisfied himself that I had the correct number plate, he barked an order at me to open the car bonnet. Like the obedient child being told to vacate the only seat in the room for an adult, I meekly did as I was told. All the while, his AK-47 dangled carelessly with the barrel occasionally pointing at my chest. He went over to the engine and looked at nothing in particular. “Insurance,” he barked again. I quickly handed it over. “Oga officer, well done o. Please, can I have my papers?” He ignored me and moved away to flag down another car. The driver slowed down but zoomed off again. To my horror, the officer pointed his gun at the departing motorist and lowered it. “Oga, I know say your papers are complete but are you not a Nigerian?” Are you not a Nigerian? takes a serious and often hilarious look at Nigeria's fourth attempt at democratic governance after many years of military dictatorship. Through his personal experiences and observations, Báyọ̀ Olúpohùndà captures the reality of Nigeria’s socio-political environment at the turn of the millennium, the collapse of dignity in service, and the ubiquitous “Nigerian factor” that creates an entitlement. Are You Not A Nigerian? examines the lost opportunities, the disappointment of successive administrations, and the dilemma of a nation at a crossroads.
In 2015 fifteen million Nigerians voted for “Change”, choosing the All Progressives Congress as the vehicle and its flag bearer, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, as the spearhead to bring about a significant turnaround in the country's affairs. It was quite the left field choice: Buhari had ruled the country as a Military Head of State in the mid-eighties without distinction and had lost his bid for the Nigerian Presidency on three previous occasions. This time however, he swept to power on a wave emotion, based on disappointment in the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. Buhari promised to deliver on three pillars, to fight corruption, fix the economy and to put an end to insecurity issues in the country, particularly the war with Boko Haram. This book looks at the events of the Buhari presidency leading up to the 2019 general elections as they happened in real time, focusing on actions, inactions and reactions by Buhari and his administration, through the lens of these three pillars. The book has been put together based on a series of articles written over the period in question and has been released just ahead of the 2019 Presidential elections to provide a basis for assessment by the people, to enable an informed decision.
Yar’Adua’s spokesman, takes us behind the scenes of the former Nigerian president's mysterious disappearance to a Saudi hospital in late 2009 and his even more mysterious return to the country in 2010. Filled with political intrigue and revealing anecdotes, Power, Politics, and Death chronicles the events and power struggles within the government during Yar'Adua's time in office, particularly in his final months. Readers also get the inside story on Yar'Adua himself: his successes, struggles and unfulfilled political dreams.
Against the Run of Play takes an intense look at Nigerian politics at a time when an entrenched political party was defeated in a presidential election after 16 unbroken years in power. This book offers the reader a narrative explanation and an unusual insight into the major human and institutional factors that led up to the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. Equally important is the author’s detailed recall of the major political developments that made the outcome inevitable while shaping the very expectations that brought President Buhari to power. Adeniyi enhances the credibility of his narrative through an extensive set of interviews with living key players in the drama he relates. The hindsight of these key players throws the events into bolder relief and illuminates the road ahead.
The Constitution of Nigeria is the supreme law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Nigeria has had a series of constitutions. The current constitution was enacted on 29 May 1999, inaugurating the Nigerian Fourth Republic. The 1999 constitution restored democratic rule to Nigeria, and remains in force today. In January 2011, two amendments of the 1999 constitution were signed by President Goodluck Jonathan, the first modifications since the document came into use in 1999. via wikipedia