A Democratic Nigeria and the Challenge of Leadership In AfricaPublic Deposited
This is the text of a public address at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs delivered soon after the inauguration of Nigeria’s Fourth Republic. It identified several priorities after fifteen and a half years of military government. The country’s eroded legislative, judicial, and other state institutions needed to be rebuilt and Nigerian leadership restored among the continent’s democratizing states. The inverted pyramid of a “lootocracy”, in which public revenues flowed to a minority, had to turned around. Ending the depredations and violent conflicts in the Delta region afforded an opportunity to create new frameworks of shared development and group accommodation. It was a visionary and prescriptive statement. Sadly, all the challenges identified persist.