The 357 pages, twelve (12) chapter book chronicles the evolution of political leadership in Nigeria and outlines the turning points in the nation’s checkered political history. With keen eyes on the ethnic and religious sensitivities responsible for the mutual suspicion of one another by the multiple ethnic nationalities that make up the country, the author shines light on how Nigeria is practicing zero sum politics via rotation of presidential power between north and south agreement which has inadvertently been undermining the unity of the country and is responsible for lack of real socioeconomic progress even as it is fueling ethno-religious disharmony in Nigeria.
The book traces the origin of the entity known as Nigeria and dwells on what should bind the multiple ethnic nationalities that formed Nigeria in 1914, such as trade and notes regrettably, that a combination of ethnicity and ‘ religiousity’ have been thwarting the progress and prosperity of the good people of Nigeria. And according to the author , Onyibe , the book is guaranteed to enable readers learn first hand how feasible Nigeria as a nation is , via the nuanced , sometimes vulgar , even coded granular details about political power play in high places in our country with a view to ultimately guide citizens on how to become president of Nigeria.
The author recalls that Nigeria became a country after Frederick Luggard, a British merchant turned statesman ,determined to reduce administrative inconvenience of leading then northern and southern protectorates of British empire , convinced the authorities in England in 1914 to amalgamate both of them into one country.
And over 61 years after independence from Britain, the much sought after transition from a country that the British founded, into a nation nurtured by Nigerians for Nigerians , has been a torturous and tumultuous journey of which only a few baby steps have been taken.
That is as opposed to the giant strides which the founders of the country had envisioned that Nigeria should have taken by now , hence they fought vigorously to secure her independence from the British colonizer in 1960.