Nigeria: Country Profile

(Background Paper 007)
by Africa Policy Information Center
Washington, DC, United States
November 1998
8 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: Nigeria
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The pamphlet says Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, was a pioneer in the movement for African independence; today, Nigeria remains one of Africa's most influential countries. Its vast oil reserves and unique human resources create the capacity for enormous prosperity and regional leadership. The pamphlet says the most urgent issue is democracy, understood not only as an end to military rule but also as the establishment of responsive political institutions which promote accountable government, prevent corruption, respect human and civil rights, and ensure popular sovereignty. The pamphlet includes Sweet Mother from song lyrics by Prince Nico Mbarga, 1976, and No Longer Our Own Country by Tanure Ojaide. The pamphlet includes photographs of Nok terracotta. The pamphlet discusses The Africa Fund, Michael Fleshman, the Sierra Club, the Shell Boycott, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), the United Democratic Front of Nigeria (UDFN), the Nigerian Democratic Movement, Bolaji Aluko, the Organization of Nigerians in the Americas, Julius Ihonvbere, Stephen Mills, the Northern People's Congress, Ahmadu Bello, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Shehu Shagari, the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the Republic of Biafra, Olusegun Obasanjo, General Murtala Muhammad, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, the National Republican Convention (NRC), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Muslim businessmen, Bashir Tofa, Chief Moshood Abiola, Gen. Sani Abacha, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and the World Bank-sponsored structural adjustment program. • Current Policy Issues • FAST FACTS • Capsule history (pre 1960) • Capsule history (post 1960) • FURTHER RESOURCES • In Print • On the Internet
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the Africa Policy Information Center).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections