By Lucky Asuelime, Suzanne Francis
Against the historical past of an extended and carrying on with list of political instability in Africa, this edited assortment provides a multi-disciplinary method of chosen concerns in African political experiences. The contributions discover quite a number political and clash occasions, talk about efforts to boost indigenous clash solution mechanisms and view a few of the key political and monetary matters dealing with the continent. the categorical nation stories remove darkness from the range of the African continent and point out the ways that the political and socio-economic contexts of African states endure at once upon the facility of states to resolve political and monetary demanding situations. the amount seeks to provide and advertise novel analytical frameworks, conceptual ways and empirical bills of relevance to students engaged on Africa and to practitioners and coverage makers in politics, governance and peace tasks in Africa.
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In an attempt to understand its survival ability in the face of life-threatening challenges, this paper identities the interplay of centrifugal and centripetal forces operating at opposing. It argues that forces pulling Nigeria apart and those pulling it together are almost at par. But some questions arise: What are these forces and how do they operate? What are the empirical instances? How can this be subjected to intellectual interrogation? This is what this paper seeks to attempt. It is divided into five segments.
The Plaid Cymru (The Party of Wales) and the Scottish Distributists are daily agitating for their own identity from the British state (ibid). The French speaking Quebec, have been persistent in craving for a separate identity from the larger English speaking Canadians. In Indonesia, the Iriyan Jaya movement has been at the forefront of the quest for a separation of the west Papuan peoples from the Indonesian state. The Lozi speaking population of the Caprivi Strip in Namibia is desirous of exiting from the Namibia state for the purpose of rejoining their Lozi brethren in the western Zambia.
It presented a frontal attack on democracy and the soul of the Nigerian state. Apart from amplifying the ethnic division of the Nigerian state through its selective killings, it became the foundation for the civil war that engulfed the Nigerian state for 3 years. In all material particular, the coup took Nigeria to the precipice. The Civil War Fought between 1967 and 1970, the civil war has become a major event in the Nigeria political history. It was the first attempt at taking the centrifugal forces to a logical conclusion.