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This House Has Fallen: Midnight in Nigeriaby Karl Maier
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Book News Annotation:
It has become a clich<'e> that Nigeria is the most corrupt nation in Africa, even in the world —a nation receiving billions of petrodollars while 90 percent of the populace slogs through poverty thick as oil; a country so shot through by repeated military coups and political corruption it faces collapse. Maier, a reporter with a respectable list of books and journal articles behind him, introduces readers to Nigeria's military leaders, its soldiers for democracy, and its peoples—the Igbos, Yorubas, Hausas, Fulanis, Tivs, and Ijaws. Through them, conflicts are investigated: that between Big Oil and the Ijaw and the Ogoni (recall the story of Ken Saro- Wiwa), between Christians and Muslims in Northern Nigeria over the move to impose Islamic law, and Yoruban youth in Lagos demanding a separate Yoruban state. Geared toward a generally educated, rather than an academic audience.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. -312) and index.
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