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Federalism in Historical Perspective

By Aboki Associates

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The book examines the emergence, growth and development of federalism in Nigeria through time, and discusses its many dimensions, problems as well as implications on the development of the country and its peoples. While establishing the pre-colonial antecedence of federalism as a political arrangement in Nigeria, contributors to this important volume attempted to analyze changes, continuities and adjustments during the colonial period and since independence. Some of the challenges underpinning federalism in Nigeria, their roots, basis and manifestations, were also thoroughly examined.
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Abstract

Nigeria is a multi-ethnic polity with at least two hundred and thirty ethnic groups and diverse array of cultural values and systems. As a plural country, one of the most daunting challenges underpinning its existence over the years is how to manage its ethnic and cultural heterogeneity. The adoption of federalism at independence and the problems this has continued to generate in the polity has arouse the interest of scholars and policy makers from a broad spectrum of intellectual backgrounds. In consequence, several perspectives exist on the evolution of federalism in Nigeria. But Federalism in Historical Perspective is the first official book published on the subject by the Historical Society of Nigeria, the oldest academic association in Nigeria.

As a response to the challenge of making federalism work in Nigeria in the interest of all federating units, the HSN brought together professional historians and scholars of allied disciplines from within and outside the country at its 52nd Congress held in November 2007 to critically interrogate the subject matter. The papers published in this very useful volume were extracted from the bulk of essays presented at the congress. Considering the depth of analysis and the dexterity with which chapter authors dealt with their individual themes, I have no doubt in my mind that this book is relevant to all stakeholders in the Nigerian project. Without equivocation, I recommend it to all those interested in understanding the origins, basis, problems and prospects of federalism in Nigeria. 

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