The book “Lagos and the struggle for Democratic Nigeria” is a modest contribution by Razaq Olokoba, Titilope Akosa and Alfred Ilenre to the pursuit of good governance and genuine democracy in Nigeria.
The focus of the book is to capture and highlight the role of Lagos in the dynamics of the struggle for a democratic Nigeria. Since the struggle against European expansionist mission in Africa and notably, the British colonial intervention in 1861, Lagos has become the centre of human rights and political struggle for freedom in Nigeria. Lagos elites and the ordinary people have contributed immensely to the activities of events that led to the nationalist struggle as well as the pre and post- independence democratic struggle.
Here are some excerpts from the book to whet your appetite;
” In the decade before Nigeria’s independence, Lagos would witness series of agitations, struggles, births and rebirths towards self -rule and independence .More than any other state in Nigeria, the collective yearnings, tears, pains and the struggle that nurtured and gave birth to Nigeria’s independence were indelibly woven into the fabric of Lagos State”
“Effectively, Lagos remained in the second republic the hotbed for the intermingling of power and influence between government-controlled media and their privately- owned counterparts. Indeed, the media were caught up in the struggle for power as it is the case in present day Nigeria”.
“It is like going to meet a good deal of all the colours of Nigeria, the colours of the west coast, and all the colours of the African continent too, when you come to Lagos. It is one city in the world in which black people do things for themselves even in the face of the most brazen conspiracy of distractions. This is a port city, an entrepot of trade. The city of the media. The city of industry. The city of fashion. It is the city of music. The city of politics. It was a city of power from its origins, becoming richer and more industrialized than any other city in Nigeria, thus acceding to the role of the frontliner, always in a position to influence if not restructure the poor and largely provincial lives of other cities through a demonstration effect that appears to survive all vicissitudes”. Odia Ofeimun
” At the hoisting of of the APC flag in Lagos on August 1, 2013, Governor Fashola made clear the mission of APCwhen he referred to APC as the stone that will kill the Goliath of the ruling party at the federal level. In his words “——-the Goliath now has a stone and will fall. You see there is a stone for every Goliath. this is the stone for our Goliath ——-“ These words by governor Fashola kick started the build up of the change movement of APC during the 2015 general elections”.
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