Abraham Jatto, a Nigerian-British author and scholar based in the UK, has published a new book that examines the complex interactions of ethnicity and how it defines the contemporary character of the Nigerian state.
The book ‘Ethnicity Paradox: Conspiracies, Security and Dynamics of Restructuring’ seeks to offer solutions to the security, economic, social and political challenges in Nigeria. It uses evidential realities to address otherwise provocative and controversial themes in public domain in Nigeria and the international community.
The book discusses the dynamics of restructuring from the five geopolitical zones, before drawing on a conclusive position of what and how Nigeria should address the phenomenon. The author also covers the political security and governmental structure of Nigeria using evidence from three regimes.
“If Nigerian leaders and Nigerians do not take deliberate measures to blur the lines of ethnicity and ethnic tendencies using available mechanisms of governance at the disposal of leaders; ethnicity will obliterate Nigeria as we currently know it,” Abraham Jatto says.
Jatto hopes the book can help lay tangible foundation for potential reconciliatory approaches that would inspire Nigerians to see themselves as one black race fused together for a common developmental trajectory despite the undercurrents of ethnic and cultural disparities.
According to the author, the fact that ethnicity and racial dichotomy are underpinned and driven by the need for self-interest and preservation; black African men and women must preserve their unadulterated culture and tradition through adherence to their identity just as other race, including the white race, have done and are still doing because it is the very essence of existentialism.
The author believes that the book will boldly reconstruct the otherwise skewed minds of all young incorruptible and unflinchingly patriotic Nigerian youths, our collective posterity, and the African continent and finishes with a proposition of Triangulation Decentralised theoretical model (TDM) on how to recalibrate, unify and develop Nigeria.