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Strategies Towards the Establishment of a United States of Africa
~t t h i s p o h t Of time i n t h e h i s t o r y of mankind, we think
it wise to dwell on a t o p i c as t h i s i n order t o find out if
t h e r e is something new i n a w r l d o r d e r t h a t is said to be
new to apply t o ~ r e q i o n ~i nl t e g r a t i o n e s p e c i a l l y i n west Africa.
The ECOWAS monitoring group (ECOMOG) has been engulfed in quiet some controversy for sometime now.
Two theories which have complemented one another in international relations in this era the twin theories of interdependence and dependence.
The question of N i g e r i a ' s a c q u i s i t i o n of nuclear t e c h n o l c ~ y
for both peaceful and powerful p o l i t i c a l purposes has been
addressed' by policy-makers , academics and technicians, I n
most instances, the tendency among these groups is t o i n s i s t
on the need t o e c q u i r e n u c l e a r technology for security
purposes as a deterrence t o South Africa.
T h i s e s s a y is d i v i d e d i n t o t h r e e p a r t s . The first p a r t shows
t h a t t h e .dominance o f o u r n a t i o n a l eeanorry by fcrreipn monopolies
because of t h s i n c a p d c i t y o f t h e r u l i n g c l a s s on winning f l a g
independence t o move t h e n a t i o n from o n ~ o - c o l o n y tr a f u l l y
l i b e r a t e d state, makes it i m p o s s i b l e f o r us to halve a v i a b l e
f o r e i g n p o l l c y .
It is a common notion that any nation without conscience, inevitably is bound to be bedeviled with so many social ills.
The major p r o b l e m t.n ,'tl.c ' d i s c u s s . i o n of
N i g e r i a ' s role i n t h e Economic Community of West
A f r i c a n S t a t e s (ECOWAS) c a n be t r a c e d i n t h e l e v e l
o f a n a l y s i s p r o b l em.
The decade of the 1990s has witnessed an unprecedented surge in political activities on the
part of African masses in the direction of plural democracy in the African continent. Since
the post-independerrce decade, the masses in Africa were doused each time they rose up tq
challenge an authoritarian, dictatorial regime. What therh is responsible for this new found
"freedom" to seek a plural political order? Is this search for plurh democracy, Africa-wide
or is it locked in some enclaves in the African continent? What are the recurring themes
around which this quest for plural democracy converge? What are the possibilities that e
truly plural political system would be enshrined on the African continent? What is the role
of the army in all these ongoing processes? In treating these questions, I sought recourse to
a political economy approach which sees the prevailing African condition as one in which the
absence of a state and thus a class with a messianic development attributes causes a political
system whether pluplism or otherwise to be dictated to her from elsewhere. I examined all
the following attributes in a comparatiie perspective: multipartyism, nature of foreign pressure,
pressure by civil society and the role of the army
The political dimensions of perestroike affect leadership and the political process.
It is not an uncommon phenomenon for some concepts and/or sub divisions of a field of study to be either narrowly or even wrongly conceptualized .
from its inception as a planned industrial community, Lowell has faced the problem of providing human services for its residents.
Within the decade of the 1970s when Nigeria's oil was gushing and Nigeria was selling it at very high prices and, thus, reaping very huge profits, there was a loud cry by academicians and public functionaries for Nigeria to acquire nuclear weapons.
When Esame Nkrumah made his very early plea for the establishment of a united states of Africa, quite a significant number of people though it to be Utopian.
It would seem that after some debate about the nature of the
world we have inherited since about 1991 that we are settling in to
some belief that there is something significantly new about it to
make us refer to it as a New World Order. It will however take
some time, especially after some further rigorous analyses to take
the new order for granted and to start to deal pragmatically with