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By Victor Oguejiofor Okafor

ISBN-10: 0415981069

ISBN-13: 9780415981064

This e-book examines the influence of post-colonial management on political integration in Nigeria, delivering an in-depth realizing of the ancient and modern forces that form Nigeria's nationwide politics in addition to African politics as a rule. Okafor discusses how Nigeria's pre-colonial and colonial political histories in addition to modern exterior forces like neo-colonialism, in addition to inner social, fiscal and political constructions and advancements, have affected rising post-independence politics within the state. The learn climaxes with an Africa-centered idea of political and integrative management after which makes use of it as a prism for studying six Nigerian post-independence political leaderships, encompassing Nigeria's First and moment Republics, besides their army interregna. The concluding bankruptcy incorporates a dialogue of the consequences of the learn for management and political integration in Africa ordinarily.

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These are wars that were/are fought at the expense of the scarce resources that could have been channeled to the improvement of the lives of the people. In Mozambique and Angola, forces sponsored by the then apartheid Minority government in South Africa, for years, wrecked immense havoc on the developmental efforts of their governments. However, besides these colonially and externally derived forces that have impeded Africa’s development, there is the problem of political instability fueled largely by internal factors like incessant military coups, governmental corruption, abuse of power, poor accountability and mismanagement, ethnic politics, religious intolerance, and ethnic intolerance manifested most dramatically by the Hutu mass slaughter of Tutsis of Rwanda in 1994.

Neocolonialism, like colonialism, takes advantage of ethnic divisions. What kind of philosophical orientation could enable Africans to withstand and resist these neo-colonial and other forces that disrupt the political life of the continent? I suggest that if an Afrocentric/Africa-centered philosophy of leadership (which promotes, among other factors, the African interest and African consciousness, as opposed to ethnic or clannish consciousness), becomes dominant on the continent, it could facilitate the evolution of an Africacentered political culture, which is necessary for effective leadership and political integration in African states.

Political culture refers to political orientations—attitudes towards the political system and attitudes toward the role of the individual in the system. ”6 Both are perceptive postulations, but they leave out an important variable. What impact does the state of the economy exert on the level of political integration within a state? To what extent is the “commitment” of the individual political actors to the accepted norms of political Leadership and Political Integration in Africa 41 behavior affected or influenced by the condition of the economy?

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