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.
Thus beneath the seductive arrest of the fluid narrative, the topicality of the subject, the potential for controversy among politicians and the overall historical import of this book lies something hidden and most useful. Its enduring value lies curiously in what it reveals about the contradictions now bedeviling the Buhari administration and may vitiate the excitement of its ascent. This important book may a reaffirmation of the old historical truism that each epoch in its rise also contains the seeds of its own demise.