The Nigerian Civil War and Its Aftermath by Eghosae E. Osaghae, Ebere Onwuduwe, Rotimi T. Suberu

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The Nigerian civil war ended in January 1970. Yet it continues to be the point of reference in political discourses in the country, in part because the attempts to meet the challenges created by the war have themselves created a whole range of new problems and malcontents. These have become the defining elements of the post-war era, and underlie the tensions that have characterized Nigerian politics. The civil war may, therefore, be the turning point in Nigeria's development trajectory that scholars and analysts seem not to have acknowledged. Or it might be that the war is in urgent need of re-interpretation and further interrogation in view of such post-war developments as threats of secession, demands for confederation, and the claim that resource control was at the root of the conflicts that degenerated into civil war.

Whichever it is, however, it is clear that the war has important implications and lessons for the viability and consolidation of democracy in Nigeria, both now and the future. Contributors to this volume examine these implications and lessons from different perspectives.
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