Oil, Politics and Violence: Nigeria's Military Coup Culture (1966-1976)

Oil, Politics and Violence: Nigeria's Military Coup Culture (1966-1976)

by Max Siollun


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Oil, Politics and Violence: Nigeria's Military Coup Culture (1966-1976) by Max Siollun

An insider traces the details of hope and ambition gone wrong in the "Giant of Africa," Nigeria, Africa's most populous country. When it gained independence from Britain in 1960, hopes were high that, with mineral wealth and the most educated workforce in Africa, Nigeria would become Africa's first superpower and a stabilizing democratic influence in the region. However, these lofty hopes were soon dashed and the country lumbered from crisis to crisis, with the democratic government eventually being overthrown in a violent military coup in January 1966. From then until 1999, the army held onto power almost uninterrupted under a succession of increasingly authoritarian military governments and army coups. Military coups and military rule (which began as an emergency aberration) became a seemingly permanent feature of Nigerian politics. The author names names, and explores how British influence aggravated indigenous rivalries. He shows how various factions in the military were able to hold onto power and resist civil and international pressure for democratic governance by exploiting the country's oil wealth and ethnic divisions to its advantage.

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ISBN-13: 9780875867083
Publisher: Algora Publishing
Publication date: 03/15/2009
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Max Siollun is a historian and commentator on Nigerian political and governmental issues, specializing in Nigerian history and the Nigerian military's participation in politics. Although born in Nigeria, he was educated in England and is a graduate of the University of London. For the past decade has been a well-known columnist for several publications on Nigerian history and contemporary affairs.

His balanced critiques on Nigerian history and the Nigerian military's intervention in politics has given him a reputation as one of the most renowned scholars on Nigeria's post independence history, and unprecedented access to documentary and eyewitness sources regarding Nigeria's history.

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