The book examines the history of modern Nigeria and points out to the colonial legacies which in turn has led to so many problems for Africa and Nigeria as a country. It is believed that since the almagamation, colonial policies in Nigeria emphasized the division of the country into administrative units that were meant to promote the selfish interest of Britain in Nigeria. Available evidence shows that amalgamation was proposed mainly to ensure that the imperial possession in Nigeria yielded maximum benefit to the crown and its government in Britain.[BR]
the book also talks about Ethnicity, religion and politics in Nigeria which are all children of the process of almagamation. Although the main problem of Nigeria is not ethnicity or religion but their ploiticization. Politics is the act of governance and shouldnt be confused with the acqusition and use of power. In Nigeria ethnicty and religion because of their all-embracing nature have become suitable platforms for mass mobilization in the hands of the political class. Democracy is now interpreted as ‘everything for my loyal supporters and myself’ and this is a trend that Nigerians have grown accustomed to over the years. Government is now seen as an entity to be exploited once the politicians see that they can not win the support of the people via ethnicity they then turn to religion to achieve their purpose this to a very large extent explains the high incidence of religious crisis in Nigeria since 1962
[BR]The book also deals with Military Rule and the Unitarianization of Nigeria.
It is evident that the Nigeria n Army is nothing but a victim of its colonial provenance. It was originally conceived as a mechanism for the subjugation of the people to the will of the foreign colonizer although its mission not stated in any document this can be seen from the use to which it was put to. [BR]
The entry of the military into Nigeria politics was the beginning of many problems for the country as events unfolded. Each military regime claimed to want to banish or proscribe nepotism, corruption and tribal consciousness from the political terrain but each regime reintroduced the same canker worms in different varieties.