Against The Run Of Play
By some historical accident, ‘Against the Run of Play’ is going to press at the mid-term of the Buhari presidency. Fortuitously, this moment happens to coincide with an unanticipated development in the life of the administration. As at this writing, President Buhari is on medical vacation in London. He has been gone for over a month while the precise nature of what ails him and the duration of this vacation remains shrouded in official veil.
Awo The Last Conversation
Oral history has an exalted and treasured place in African tradition. Hence, when oral history transforms to written history, the end product is inevitably invaluable. If a testimonial to that effect was ever needed, Moses Akin Makinde’s book, AWO: The Last Conversation provides one with its niche, form and philosophical utility.
Because I am Involved
Ojukwu. A colourful, fabled, and controversial figure in Nigeria for decades. Even after death. Hero to millions, and villain to millions too. Famous leader of Biafra during the ill-starred Nigerian civil war. He wrote this book some 25 years ago, and his restraint and decorous language is outstanding in the work. One would have expected him to rail against - or just respond - to his many critics and detractors, but generally he does not do so. Ojukwu hailed from an outstanding family with pedigree - and wealth; and was classically educated in Europe. There is ample evidence of this in this book with the plethora of eclectic, classical allusions and ideas. Why then would a man with such exalted background join the army in those days? Much has been made of this in some quarters over the years, but the author glibly narrates this event, amidst many others as something rather par for the course. And of course, Ojukwu would be an important officer in the army when chaos, pandemoniun and brutal murders held sway in 1966 as the country experienced its first coup d'etat. It was a time when the Igbos (Ojukwu was an Igbo though he spoke major Nigerian languages fluently) were viewed with suspicion by so many; the coup was even perceived as essentially an "Igbo" one. Ojukwu would find himself in a position where he had to champion the interests of the "EAST" who were largely Igbo. The rest is tragic history, as war broke out, claiming horrific number of casualties. Ojukwu in his suave urbane manner dwells on many of these events, which alas included the conviction for treason, and execution of those quite close to him - like his own half-brother, and Banjo. The author points out that as a leader he could not be weak at such a time (decision). Indeed the image of the author as a tough, unsmiling, uncompromising man persisted for decades. But his human side becomes evident as he refers to the then Bianca Onoh (his gorgeous future wife) in this book. He praises her to high heavens! No doubt the great man was smitten with her since she was around 20, and though he was decades older than her, he married her later on. Such are the intriguing twists and turns of history... Ojukwu is now dead, but he is very much part of Nigerian history. As mentioned earlier, the author shows admirable restraint in this book; for example another revered figure during this time, Obasanjo had cast some aspersions on his (Ojukwu's) person, yet in this book, the author praises Obasanjo even calling him " Omo-Oba". We might also add that despite the "testimony" of many that Ojukwu had "abandoned" Biafra and "run away" at the last minute, the author calmly explains in this work that he had actually gone for further international "help" for his beleaguered Biafra.
Faith and Governance: Politics and Spirituality in Nation-Building
Faith and Governance: Politics and Spirituality in Nation-Building is a collection of published articles on the twin subject of faith and governance. The book is divided into three parts. The first part under the heading, Cultivating Spiritual Intelligence contains articles on some dangerous doctrinal positions in the Church and the need for spiritual awareness in this season. The second part, under the title, Christianity and Nation-Building is made up articles that speak to Christianity in Nigeria and the role the Church is meant to play in nation-building. The third part, Governance et’al, contains thoughts on a number of governance issues in Nigeria and across the globe such as corruption, global migration, brexit etc.
Part One: Cultivating Spiritual Intelligence This part comprises of articles that draw attention to the season we are in and the need for Christians to be spiritually aware and intelligent in order not to be deceived or lag behind God’s agenda. It also contains articles that attempt to address certain dangerous doctrinal positions in the Nigerian Church that could cause the average believer to be deceived, among other articles meant to encourage and inspire Christians.
Part Two: Christianity and Nation-Building The articles in this part focus mostly on the social responsibility of the Church in Nigeria. It contains three-part articles on the role of the church in nation-building. These articles particularly focus on how the church is poised to contributing immensely to national development. Unfortunately, the church is not doing as much, which is largely responsible for the current state of our country. There are other articles on Pentecostalism in Nigeria, our brand of Christianity, which I referred to as Third World Christianity, as well as others meant to correct wrong application of Scriptures.
Part Three: Governance Et’al This part of the book contains articles that express the author's thoughts on a number of governance issues in Nigeria and a few across the world. The subjects addressed include corruption in Nigeria’s governance system, illegal migration and its attendant challenges in different parts of the world and governance under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari among others.
Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous
In Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has written a primer for those working to root out corruption and disrupt vested interests. Drawing on her experience as Nigeria's finance minister and that of her team, she describes dangers, pitfalls, and successes in fighting corruption. She provides practical lessons learned and tells how anti-corruption advocates need to equip themselves. Okonjo-Iweala details the numerous ways in which corruption can divert resources away from development, rewarding the unscrupulous and depriving poor people of services.
How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future
A bracing, revelatory look at the demise of liberal democracies around the world--and a road map for rescuing our own
Donald Trump's presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we'd be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang--in a revolution or military coup--but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one.
Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die--and how ours can be saved.
Love Does Not Win Elections
Ayisha Osori ran for the house of Representatives under the People’s Democratic Party ticket. However, her expectations were cut short for two reasons: She was a woman and a rookie politician without a godfather or mother. Due to this reasons, her dream of representing her people in the AMAC/Bwari constituency in Abuja was brought to a halt.
My Transition Hours
In March 2015, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan made one of those courageous and insightful decisions when he stepped forward to acknowledge he had lost his re-election bid. Through that single stroke, President Jonathan raised the bar on office holders in his country and across Africa. This publication is a compilation of President Goodluck Jonathan's leadership prowess at the helm. It is also a vivid testimony of yet another real life lesson to office holders across this continent of budding democracies-there is life after state House!
-Dr. CHRISTOPHER FOMUNUNYOH, Senior Associate
for Africa, National Democratic Institute
President Jonathan did the Unthinkable in 2015 - he called the opposition candidate to concede an election whose final results had not been announced. He had the capacity to foment trouble., for whatever reason, but chose the path of peace. In this book, he has, in his characteristic simplicity, told a compelling story of his five-year tenure, including his footprints in various sectors of the economy. It is the story of pains and gains, tenacity in the face of adversity, and grass and grace. This undroppable book delivers inspiration from chapter to chapter.
- SImon Kolawale, Nigerian Journalist and Columnist.
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Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink
Nigeria, the United States' most important strategic partner in West Africa, is in trouble. While Nigerians often claim they are masters of dancing on the brink without falling off, the recent vacuum in government authority, the upcoming 2011 elections, and escalating violence in the Delta and the North may finally provide the impetus that pushes it into the abyss of state failure.
Olusegun Obasanjo: In The Eyes of Time
General Obasanjo was elected Head of State of Nigeria in March 1999. This timely book covers the first thirty nine years of his life. Previously a military head of state, he voluntarily relinquished power to an elected civilian administration in 1979. He has campaigned for an end to military rule in Nigeria, and in 1995 he was imprisoned by the late Nigerian dictator, General Abacha, for alleged involvement in a coup attempt. He was designated a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, and released in 1998.
Thank You for Being Late
In Thank You for Being Late, a work unlike anything he has attempted before, Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. You will never look at the world the same way again after you read this book: how you understand the news, the work you do, the education your kids need, the investments your employer has to make, and the moral and geopolitical choices our country has to navigate will all be refashioned by Friedman’s original analysis.
The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics
For eighteen years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been part of a team revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the national interest",or even their subjects,unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction. Governments do not differ in kind but only in the number of essential supporters, or backs that need scratching. The size of this group determines almost everything about politics: what leaders can get away with, and the quality of life or misery under them. The picture the authors paint is not pretty. But it just may be the truth, which is a good starting point for anyone seeking to improve human governance
The New Law of Peaceful Protest
The right to demonstrate is considered fundamental to any democratic system of government, yet in recent years it has received little academic attention. However, events following the recent G20 protests in April 2009 make this a particularly timely work.
Setting out and explaining in detail the domestic legal framework that surrounds the right of peaceful protest, the book provides the first extensive analysis of the Strasbourg jurisprudence under Articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights, offering a critical look at recent cases such as Öllinger, Vajnai, Bukta, Oya Ataman, Patyi and Ziliberberg, as well as the older cases that form its bedrock. The principles drawn from this case-law are then synthesised into the remainder of the book to see how the right of protest enshrined in the Human Rights Act 1998 now operates. The five central chapters show how the right is defined: the restrictions on the choice of location of a protest; the constraints imposed on peaceful, persuasive protest; the near total intolerance of any form of obstructive or disruptive protest; the scope of preventive action by the police; and the extent to which commercial targets can avail themselves of private law remedies. This contemporary landscape is highlighted by critical analysis of the principles and case law -- including the leading decisions in Laporte, Austin, Jones and Lloyd and Kay. The book also highlights and develops themes that are currently under-theorised or ignored, including the interplay of the public and the private in regulating protest; the pivotal role played by land ownership rules; and the disjuncture between the law in the books and the law in action.