9789780294335

Pressure Group Politics (Never Say Die)

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  • ISBN13:

    9789780294335

  • ISBN10:

    9780294333

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-10-30
  • Publisher: Michigan State Univ Pr
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Summary

"When in 1989 President Ibrahim Babangida created Katsina and Akwa-Ibom states, he announced with military authority that no more states will ever again be created. However, a small group of Igbos in the East who felt cheated in successive state creation exercises, opted to challenge Babangida's fiat. But politics was still banned then." "From one clandestine meeting to another, the group soon discovered that the attainment of their lofty objective will depend largely on group cohesion, clear definition of objective, coalition building, careful case-making, intergroup rapprochement, social bridge-building, public sympathy and media support. The skilful choreography of these sub-plots eventually forced the general to "happily" reverse himself and create nine more states in August 1991." "But the achievement of this objective merely provided the leverage for the group to join forces on the more critical drive to end military rule." "Pressure Group Politics is essentially an account of a journalist as a Participant-observer in the little known political manoeuvre that united the East, West, Middle Belt and the North in the monumental struggle that ended military rule and inexorably altered the course of the nation's political history and direction."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Mma Agbagha was head of department of Mass Communication at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology.

Table of Contents

Dedication v
Epigraph vii
Preface xi
Spreading the Word
1(4)
Defiance in Defeat
5(5)
Snowball of Meetings
10(11)
Lessons from Aba
21(4)
Political Mustard Seed
25(8)
First Things First
33(14)
Enter the Press
47(10)
At Last, a Bridge
57(12)
More States, Afterall
69(7)
Birthpains of Power Shift
76(15)
NADECO
91(8)
Power Shifts
99(7)
Never Say Die
106(5)
Epilogue 111(4)
Appendix 115(58)
Index 173

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