The Rise and Fall of Nigeria's Second Republic, 1979-84
edited by Toyin Falola and Julius Ihonvbere
This book explores Nigeria's second experiment with bourgeois democracy, which came to a predictable and inevitable end on 31 December 1983. It attempts to expose the bourgeois nature of the 1979 constitution, the poverty and shallowness of Nigerian social science as it is presently constituted, the nature of the six political parties, particularly the ruling NPN, and how they contributed to the crisis and eventual demise of the Second Republic. Finally, theoretical issues crucial to a clear and serious understanding of the fundamental roots of instability and coups in peripheral economies like Nigeria are raised.