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Don launches book on democracy without development


A renowned political economist, development practitioner, governance expert, Dr. Omano Edigheji, is to launch his fourth academic book; Nigeria: Democracy without Development. How to fix it.

According to a statement yesterday, the public presentation of the book will take place on Tuesday, December 8, at Shehu Musa Yar’adua Center, Abuja.

The statement said: “This book is borne out of the author’s desire to proffer practical solutions on how the deficiencies of electoral politics in Nigeria can be overcome; and suggest how Nigeria can promote inclusive and sustainable development.

” Published by A’Lime Media Limited, the book provides the reader with an incisive account of the factors that explain the development deficits – rising poverty, inequality, unemployment, and the general deteriorating conditions of Nigerians –  of democracy in Nigeria.

“Based on the analysis, Dr. Edigheji proffers solutions on how to save democracy in the country.”

The statement gave some insights into the author’s decision to write the book.

It added: “About two decades ago, Nigeria became a democratic country with the military handing over the reins of command to an elected civilian leader.

” It’s apparent that not much has changed in development terms since that historic event. “The #EndSars protests and its effects bear credence to the stunted development that has characterized the nation since democracy. Besides the dehumanizing treatment of youths by the now-defunct unit, the protests can be attributed to the pent-up anger over the maladministration, injustice, hunger, and corruption that have marked the democratic dispensation – all of which are the development deficits of democracy since 1999.

“In this book, Dr. Omano Edigheji, who is the Special Adviser on Research and Documentation to Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State,  made a name for himself publishing a vast amount of profound scholarly and policy-relevant works, has carefully analyzed the paradoxical relationship between democracy and development in Nigeria”.

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