Nigeria Since Independence: Forever Fragile?

Hardcover | October 10, 2012

byJ. Hill

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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.

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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 t...

J.N.C HILL is Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King's College London, UK. He has published widely on issues of African security. His main publications are Remembering the War of Liberation: Legitimacy and Conflict in Contemporary Algeria, Sufism in Northern Nigeria: A Force for Counter-Radicalisation?, Identity in ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.02 inPublished:October 10, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230298524

ISBN - 13:9780230298521

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Table of Contents

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