The aim of the book is "to bring a greater chronological and thematic balance to the narrative of Nigerian history" by focusing on such themes as "state formation, political institutions, commercial activities, and political economy," as well as "the roles of ethnicity, religion, education, urbanization, and globalization" in shaping Nigerian people's lives and their society (p. 1). Despite improvement in some aspects of the economy and the pursuit of anti-corruption agenda, the eight-year rule of Obasanjo saw the widening of the gap between the rich and the poor as a segment of the population engaged in "high-profile cases of official and unofficial corruption," while many Nigerians continued to face deprivation, severe poverty, and insecurity engendered by persistent religious and ethnic violence and the escalation of the Niger Delta crisis (p. 241).
A History of Nigeria Gloria Chuku The International Journal of African Historical Studies; 2010; 43, 1; Docstoc pg. 184 Repro
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