The Special Adviser to the Kaduna State Governor on Research and Documentation, Dr Omano Edigheji, is set to unveil his fourth academic book; Nigeria: Democracy without Development. How to fix it on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at an event hosted by His Excellency, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai; Executive Governor of Kaduna State, under the distinguished Chairmanship of His Excellency, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Executive Governor of Ekiti State, at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Center, Abuja.
Published by A’Lime Media Limited, the book exposes readers to the factors that account for the rising poverty, inequality, unemployment, and the general deteriorating conditions of Nigerians and proffers solutions on how to save the Nigerian democracy, so that ultimately Nigeria becomes a country of producers rather than consumers.
About two decades ago, Nigeria became a democratic country with the military handing over the reins of command to an elected civilian leader. It’s apparent that not much has changed since that historic event. The #EndSars protests and its effects bear credence to the stunted development that has characterized the nation since democracy. Much more than the inhumane treatment of youths by the now-defunct unit, the protests were spurred by the pent-up anger over the maladministration, injustice, high fuel and energy prices, hunger and dehumanizing policies of the government.
In this book, Dr Omano Edigheji, renowned political commentator, political researcher and senior researcher, who has made a name for himself publishing a vast amount of profound research works, has carefully analysed the paradoxical relationship between democracy and development in Nigeria and answers the pertinent question of how to fix it through this timely piece.
According to the author; “Every part of Nigeria is a victim of the poor management of the country by inept political leaders since independence. Secession is unlikely to bring development to any part of the country and we do not look any farther than the quest for states and local governments – the creation of more states and local governments have not resulted in the desired development of the country. With the right leadership, Nigeria’s diversity can be its strength.”
The book questions the credibility and legitimacy of the kind of democracy being practised in Nigeria. It recalls the once-held aspiration that Nigeria would become one of the twenty leading economies by 2020, and how it has become a pipe dream, like many other projects.
Equipped with three critical components that Nigeria must focus on to achieve democratic development, one of which includes, a merit-based bureaucracy and the non-politicization of the civil service, Dr Omano hopes that by adhering to the practical solutions on how to overcome the deficiencies of electoral politics and promote inclusive development provided in this book, Nigerians would begin to reap the benefits of democracy.
To attend the book launch, please register via: https://bit.ly/dwdbooklaunch or visit www.thedwdbook.com to pre-order this book borne out of the author’s desire to proffer practical solutions on how the deficiencies of electoral politics can be overcome; and suggest how Nigeria can promote inclusive development.
For further information, please follow the book’s official account; @thedwdbook on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.