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
Everything in Nigeria is Going to Kill You is a collection of 32 narrative, expository and critical essays covering socio-political themes in modern Nigeria. In the words of the author: "The paradoxical lifestyle of the average Nigerian is the sum total of this book.... My relentless pursuit of an understanding of the survival abilities of the average Nigerian in a system that is definitely dysfunctional. Some of us complain, some of us protest, some of us go spiritual and still many others go material, and also a few of us turn to the arts for solace—we write, not to cure other people of madness, but to avoid going mad ourselves…" The essays are grouped into five parts distinguished by their styles and themes. Part 1, “Metaphysics”, deals with personal experiences and thoughts on the Nigerian life. The second part, “Satiric” are satirical writings on certain aspects of Nigerian socio-cultural interactions. Part 3, “Critique” contains a collection of protest-themed and pro-revolution essays. Part 4, “Civics” are analytic and semi-educative discourses around some controversial policies and legislation. The concluding Part 5, “Politics” focuses on critical views of the Jonathan federal administration.
This book is the story of Nigeria’s political journey between December 31, 1983 and August 27, 1993. This is the story of how things fell apart.’ The years between 1983 and 1993 were momentous for Nigeria. Military rule was a time of increased violence, rampant corruption, coups, coup plotting and coup baiting. It moulded the conditions and character of Nigeria today, forcing seismic changes on the political, economic and religious landscape that nearly tore the country apart on several occasions. Soldiers of Fortune is a fast-paced and thrilling narrative of the major events of the Buhari and Babangida era.
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.
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.
Ayisha Osori, writer, lawyer, and advocate for social justice, ran for the People’s Democratic Party’s ticket to the House of Representatives in 2015. and lost. This is her story. Love Does Not Win Elections is a pitch perfect account of our primary process in Nigeria. Jacqueline Farris, DG, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation
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.
The Prime Minister and the Finance Minister had just been abducted and their whereabouts unknown. The Premiers of the Northern and Western Region had been murdered with some senior military officers. There had been a coup, a mutiny and a carnage by a group of junior officers. The first time in the nation. However, the Head of the Army outmanoeuvred the boys and crushed the rebellion which eventually marked the end of the First Republic. The events of January 15, 1966 marked a turning point in the history of Nigeria and will forever go down as one of the nation's most defining moments.