The 3rd Republic

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The 3rd Republic

Nigeria's Transition to Democracy as Told By National Print Media, 1992-1993

Authored by Torrance Stephens

In 1992, upon completing my Doctorate, I received the opportunity to do my post-doctoral work in Nigeria working with Africare International for a year. Although I was housed in Southeastern Nigeria in Owerri, Imo State, I traveled all around the nation including but not limited to Lagos, Calabar, Kano, Kaduna, Benin, Ife, Afikpo, Mbaise and Port Harcourt. My work involved serving as a research specialist with a Maternal Health and Child Survival project with an emphasis on infectious disease control.
Unknowingly, I had arrived during period that saw the country under military rule via the leadership of when General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB). More interestingly was that it was also during the start of what was called the transition to the Third Republic. The Third Republic would be the attempt to return the nation to civilian rule from military rule. Originally, General Babangida informed the citizens of Nigeria that he would end military rule in 1990, after the general had lifted the ban on political activity the spring of the year before. In an attempt to reduce the corruption, IBB outlawed all prior political parties and created two new ones: the National Republican Convention (NRC) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The goal of this book is not so much to provide a history lesson, but rather to demonstrate how the period in which the transition to the Third Republic was portrayed in the Nigerian national print media. One thing that stood out was that I observed how people read papers voraciously; often reading five or six papers a day. This was not unusual because there were easily thirty or more daily newspapers nationwide, all sold across the country.
So in between my work, I began to read the newspapers each day and became interested in the presidential elections, which resulted in this book. It is not a complete presentation of the occurrences, but it is intricate and detailed in its objective presentation

Publication Date:
153320554X / 9781533205544
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / Africa / West

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