Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun are billed to unveil a new book, Nigeria is Negotiable, by journalist and author, Chido Onumah. The public presentation of the book takes place in Abuja on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.
Nigeria is Negotiable, a collection of informed journalistic essays and commentaries, reminds readers of the political injustices and cruelties of an era. It calls for discussions on the way forward,” says Dr. Anthony Akinola.
According to Dr. ‘Kayode Fayemi, Governor, Ekiti State, “In Nigeria is Negotiable, Chido Onumah re-maps the contours of the remarkable events and processes that have brought our country, Nigeria, to this crucial juncture in its history, and particularly the crises spawned by the June12, 1993 elections and its aftermath, which have – to great extents – careered the country to this vortex of possibilities in its transition towards a more wholesome cultural and political expression. With the keen eye of a journalist and the analytical prowess of a social anthropologist, Onumah shapes his subject through the informed insights of an observer-participant-stakeholder”.
The 494-page book published by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) is the author’s second book. The first, Time to Reclaim Nigeria, was released in December in 2011.
Chido Onumah’s collection strikes at the very heart of the endemic crises bedeviling Nigeria. The refusal to design and accept the terms under which multi-cultural and multi-ethnic peoples in a country such as ours should co-habit, has held us down in a quagmire resulting in monumental and perennial chaos and political instability that inhibits development and good governance. The time to embrace these terms and conditions has come, so that we can bail ourselves and our country out of an unwarranted and unpalatable situation,” notes Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor of the State of Osun.
Other governors expected at the event include Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State.
Dignitaries, including Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, former Senate Presdient, Senator Ken Nnamani, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Pastor Tunde Bakare and Senator Babafemi Ojudu are billed to grace the occasion
The event, which is expected as an opportunity to further the debate on the quest to restructure Nigeria, will also have representatives of Nigeria Labour Congress, civil society, the academia, students and religious organizations in attendance.