This title was first published in 2002: Addressing the burning questions confronting the Nigerian nation-state today, this book explores the diverse dimensions and voices apparent in the challenges surrounding the national question. Highlighting a range of under-researched and unexplored issues, it theoretically and empirically examines key aspects of the national question discourse and debate in Nigeria. The contributors bring wide and varied experiences to bear on the volume and employ both these experiences and the multidisciplinary approach to illuminate and enrich the issues under study. The National Question in Nigeria identifies challenges that must be addressed if the nation is to survive - and critical issues that have been left unresolved and now threaten the nation state. It is essential reading for social scientists, policy makers, politicians, NGO activists and all observers and students of Nigerian history and politics.
'…this collection of essays is a significant and timely contribution to the discourse on the national question in Nigeria.' Democratization
Contents: The philosophy and theory of the national question, Abubakar Momoh; The national question in historical perspective, Osarhieme Benson Osadolor; Social structure and the national question in Nigeria, Mark Anikpo; Revenue allocation and the national question, Eskor Toyo; Oil and the minority question, Cyril I. Obi; The minority question in Northern Nigeria, Yima Sen; The national question and the politicization of ethnicity in Yobe State, Ibrahim Baba Gana; The military and the national question, Said Adejumobi; Language and the national question, Unyierie Angela Idem; The Nigerian press and the national question, Wale Adebanwi; The federal solution and the national question in Nigeria, Eghosa E. Osaghae; Conclusion: the national question in comparative perspectives, Said Adejumobi and Abubakar Momoh; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.