Understanding Global Issues

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Nigeria's New Dawn: Last chance for the patchwork state?

Nigeria's scheduled return to civilian rule in May 1999 - under the highly regarded Olusegun Obasanjo - is supposed to herald a new era for Africa's most populous country. Yet little encouragement can be taken from the history of Nigeria since independence in 1960, which has been marked by regular military coups, economic decline, mounting corruption and increasing concentration of power in the wealthy.

This briefing describes the background to Nigeria's present troubles, from colonial exploitation to the disruptive effects of oil, the 'black gold' which is its main source of personal and national wealth, and looks at its options for building a better future.

Published: March 1999 ISBN: 0850487161

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