This book examines the impact of post-colonial leadership on political integration in Nigeria, offering an in-depth understanding of the historical and contemporary forces that shape Nigeria's national politics as well as African politics generally. Okafor discusses how Nigeria's pre-colonial and colonial political histories along with contemporary external forces like neo-colonialism, as well as internal social, economic and political structures and developments, have affected emerging post-independence politics in the country. The study climaxes with an Africa-centered theory of political and integrative leadership and then uses it as a prism for analyzing six Nigerian post-independence political leaderships, encompassing Nigeria's First and Second Republics, along with their military interregna. The concluding chapter includes a discussion of the implications of the study for leadership and political integration in Africa in general.
"This work is a credible addition to the large and growing body of literature on political and intellectual history of Africa. It will surely stand the test of time."
- Saheed Aderinto, International Review of Politics and Development
1. Introduction 2. Post-Colonial Political Leadership in Nigeria 3. Leadership and Political Integration in Africa: A Literature Review 4. State Creation: A Tool for Political Integration in Nigeria 5. An Afrocentric/Africa-centered Theory of Leadership and Political Integration 6. A Comparative Summary & Recommendations 7. Babangida's Scuttling of the June 12, 1993 Presidential Election: A Postscript 8. Implications for African Political Leadership