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The greatest attraction of democracy over other forms of political organizations, such as dictatorship or monarchy, is often said to be citizen or political participation, understood as the involvement of citizens in the affairs of their society. This enables them to have a say on issues that affect their lives.
Even though political participation has for long been a subject of analyses by students of politics and public policy, the literature, as this book has demonstrated, exhibits some gaps. The general tendency on the part of most researchers and policy makers, has been to assume that political participation in a democracy is somehow positively related to national development and self-reliance.
This book, drawn from my personal experiences in the Nigerian society, suggests that this is not necessarily and always the case. It argues instead, that the question of citizen participation in public policy making processes is a highly problematic one. While certain forms of political participation, especially by experts or knowledgeable citizens, do in fact promote concrete instrumental results and affect tremendously the policies that get made and implemented; a majority of other forms are notable for producing the opposite effect. They produce merely symbolic and dramaturgical effect that satisfy the psychic welfare of the citizens and legitimation of political systems, without having any direct instrumental or concrete impacts on the policies and decisions that get made and implemented by governments.
Consequently, using my personal experiences in divergent areas of public policies and at different levels of the governmental set up in Nigeria, the book reveals that the possession of knowledge or expertise and a patriotic willingness and passion to make it available, free of charge, at the disposal of leaders or policy makers; does allow experts or knowledgeable persons in the society, to influence public policies dramatically in the direction they desire. This, the book concludes, holds true whether those experts or persons with monopoly over intellectual capital or knowledge are inside or outside the government. They can influence public policies and therefore, affect the welfare of the citizens in quite unimaginable and direct ways by influencing the policies that are made and implemented on a continuous basis. Invariably, therefore, as policy making becomes more complex and the knowledge required for effective political participation becomes more specialized, only knowledgeable and highly trained citizens, who are experts, can hope to influence the policies and decisions that get made and implemented, even in democratic systems.

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Dr. Dan Mou is currently the Executive Chairman, Centre for Poverty Eradication, Development and Equal Opportunity (CEPEDEO), Abuja, Nigeria. He holds a B.Sc. Hons. Political Science (1979). University of Ibadan, Nigeria; M.A. (1982) and Ph.D. (1986), University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S.A. specializing in Public Policy Analysis and African Politics. He also has a Ph.D. (Honoris Causa), International Law and Diplomacy (2013), Pacific Western University, Colorado, U.S.A. and another Ph.D. (Honoris Causa), Business Administration (2013), Cornerstone University, Jerusalem, Israel.
He lectured at the University of Jos, Nigeria and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S.A., before joining the Presidency in Nigeria in 1989, where his positions included: Director (Narcotics Drugs Control); Director (Special Duties), Director (Monitoring and Evaluation), and later appointed the Secretary, National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP). He also served as Director, Nigeria Air Force, and Director (Human Resources) Ministry of Defence, as well as Director (Human Resources, Inspectorate and Management Services), Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, he served as a Member, Presidential Jobs Board, State House, The Presidency, Abuja, Nigeria.
Dr. Mou further served as Special Adviser (National Security Affairs) to the National Security Advisers in the Presidency, under three consecutive Nigerian Governments. He has published extensively in scholarly journals and books. His bestsellers are: National Security and Democratic Governance in Nigeria; Keys to Good Governance; National Security, Good Governance and Democracy in Africa; State Power, Agrarian Policies and Peasant Welfare in Nigeria; and Making of An African Giant: State, Politics and Public Policy in Nigeria, Volumes One and Two; Girl Child Education, Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Africa; Serving the Nation as a Calling: How Experts can Influence Public Policies Without Being in Power and National Security, Good Governance and Democracy in Post-Military Rule Nigeria. His marriage to Mimidoo Osewe Mou is blessed with children.
e-mail: [email protected]

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Endorsements of Dr. Dan Mou,
The Author’s Books … … xiii
Dedication: … … xix
Acknowledgements: … … xx
Preface: … … xxx
List of Tables: … … li
Abbreviations: … … lii

INTRODUCTION …………………………………. 1
WHY I SERVE MY COUNTRY NIGERIA BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY

PART ONE
DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE, EXPERTISE AS IDEOLOGY AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC POLICY MAKING

Chapter One …………………………………………… 13
Science, Technology and Expertise as Ideology: Understanding Citizen Participation in Public Policy-Making in the 21st Century

Chapter Two …………………………………………… 48
Paradigms as Contested Terrain: Ethnic Centered Versus Class Centered Perspectives in Contemporary Political Analysis

Chapter Three ………………………………………..… 83
Theoretical Foundations for Practical Governance Practices: State, Politics and Public Policy Making
Chapter Four …………………………………………… 183
Serving the Nation Beyond the Call of Duty: Confronting Public Policy Challenges to the Nigerian State and Leaders

PART TWO
PRIVATE MEMORANDA TO GENERAL IBRAHIM B. BABANGIDA, PRESIDENT, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA: 1984 - 1993
Chapter Five …………………………………………… 374
THE MILITARY IN POLITICS AND POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA. Being a Memorandum Evaluating the Contribution of the Military to Political Development in Nigeria Submitted to General Ibrahim B. Babangida, GCFR, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria dated 10th June, 1987.
Chapter Six ……………………………………………. 416
SAP AND STATE AUTONOMY: THE POLITICAL AND STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS OF STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT PROGRAMME ON NIGERIA. Being a Policy Memorandum Prepared and Submitted to General Ibrahim B. Babangida, GCFR., President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the Impact of the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) on Nigerian Economy and Society dated 25th April, 1988.

Chapter Seven ………………………………………… 448
THE POLITICS OF FOOD CRISIS IN NIGERIA: POLICY STRATEGIES AND PROPOSALS FOR TACKLING NIGERIAN FOOD PROBLEMS. Position Paper Prepared for and Submitted to General Ibrahim B. Babangida, GCFR., President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria dated 18th September, 1988.

Chapter Eight …………………………………………… 477
THE MILITARY AND DEMOCRACY IN AN ERA OF DEEPENING ECONOMIC CRISIS. Being a Memorandum Prepared for General Ibrahim B. Babangida, GCFR, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, dated 11th December, 1989.

Chapter Nine …………………………………………. 484
THE ARMED FORCES, THE POLICE AND THE DEMOCRATIZATION AGENDA: PROPOSALS FOR MANAGING THE TRANSITION FROM MILITARY TO CIVILIAN RULE IN NIGERIA. Being a Paper Commissioned by the Office of the Vice-President, Vice Admiral Augustus Aikhomu, Dodan Barracks, Lagos, dated December, 1990.

Chapter Ten ……………………………………………. 509
DEREGULATING THE NIGERIAN WORKER AS A LASTING SOLUTION TO THE MINIMUM WAGE CONTROVERSY, BRAIN DRAIN AND LOW WORKER PRODUCTIVITY IN NIGERIA. A Policy Position Paper on the Need to Deregulate Nigerian Workers Submitted to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Ibrahim B. Babangida, GCFR, fss, mni on 25th September, 1991.
Chapter Eleven ………………………………………… 544
TRANSITION TO CIVIL RULE PROGRAMME AND NATIONAL SECURITY. Being a Policy Memorandum Prepared for General Ibrahim B. Babangida, GCFR, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, dated 8th June, 1992.
Chapter Twelve ………………………………………… 561
THE STATE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT: SEVEN YEARS OF IBB ADMINISTRATION, 1985-1992. Being a Policy Evaluation Memorandum submitted to General Ibrahim B. Babangida, GCFR., President and Commander-in-Chief, Federal Republic of Nigeria, dated 10th June, 1993

Chapter Thirteen ……………………………………… 589
SUGGESTIONS ON HOW THE INTERIM GOVERNMENTS ARE TO BE CONSTITUTED. Private Memo for Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of The Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Ibrahim B. Babangida, GCFR, on The Current Political Impasse in The Country dated 15th July, 1993.

Chapter Fourteen ……………………………………. 594
SEVEN YEARS OF IBRAHIM BADAMASI BABANGIDA ADMINISTRATION: Promises and Accomplishments. Private Memo for Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of The Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Ibrahim B. Babangida, GCFR, dated 28th July, 1993.
PART THREE
PRIVATE MEMORANDA TO GENERAL SANI ABACHA, HEAD OF STATE AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA: 1994 – 1997.

Chapter Fifteen …………………………………………. 616
SECURITY MANAGEMENT AND THE MASS MEDIA IN NIGERIA. A Position Paper Prepared for General Sani Abacha, Head of State, Federal Republic of Nigeria, dated 22nd September, 1992
Chapter Sixteen ……………………………………….. 626
RETHINKING OUR ECONOMIC POLICIES: SUGGESTIONS ON HOW THE NEW REGIME CAN QUICKLY REVAMP THE ECONOMY: A Private Memo to General Sani Abacha, New Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces on The Strategies for Revamping the Nigerian Economy dated 23rd November, 1993.

Chapter Seventeen …………………………………… 638
THE STATE AND CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEWS: SUGGESTED LIMITATIONS AND MODALITIES FOR THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCE. A Memorandum Prepared and Submitted to the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Sani Abacha, CFR., on the Impending Constitutional Conference in Nigeria dated 10th March, 1994.
Chapter Eighteen ……………………………………. 707
THE INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC DIMENSIONS OF THE CURRENT NATIONAL CRISIS. A Memorandum Submitted to the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Sani Abacha, CFR., on the International and Domestic Dimensions of the Current National Crisis dated August 17, 1994.
Chapter Nineteen …………………………………… 714
EXECUTIVES AS TARGETS: AN OVERVIEW OF EXECUTIVE SECURITY IN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY. Being a Position Paper Prepared for General Sani Abacha, GCFR, Head of State, Federal Republic of Nigeria, on 22nd September, 1994.
Chapter Twenty ………………………………………… 726
REGIME PERFORMANCE AND UNIVERSAL ACCEPTABILITY: THE MAGICAL EFFECTS OF GOVERNING THROUGH SPECIAL TASK FORCES. Being a Confidential and Strategic National Public Policy Memorandum, Submitted to General Sani Abacha, GCON, Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on the State of the National Economy and the Quickest Strategy to Revamp it dated, 16th Feb., 1995.
Chapter Twenty One …………………………………… 739
THE FAMILY AND SOCIETAL VALUES: ON THE RELEVANCE AND TIMELINESS OF THE FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAMME. A Paper Submitted to General Sani Abacha’s Wife, Mrs. Maryam Abacha, Chairperson Family Support Programme (FSP) in May, 1995.
PART FOUR
PRIVATE MEMORANDA TO GENERAL ABDUSALAMI ABUBAKAR, HEAD OF STATE & COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA: 1997 - 1999



Chapter Twenty Two ……………………………… 754
RETHINKING THE TRANSITION PROGRAMME AND CURRENT ECONOMIC POLICIES: Suggestions For The Way Forward. A Private Memo for The New Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Abdulsalami Abubakar on the State of the Nation, dated 15th June, 1998.

Chapter Twenty Three ……………………………… 770
NIGERIA’S FOREIGN POLICY AND THE HOSTILE INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT: SUGGESTIONS FOR A DYNAMIC CONDUCT AND MANAGEMENT OF OUR EXTERNAL RELATIONS. A Second Confidential Memo for the New Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Abdulsalami Abubakar on the Need for a Dynamic Conduct and Management of our External Relations dated 25th June, 1998.
Chapter Twenty Four ……………………………… 806
FROM “ABILITY TO PAY” TO “ABILITY TO EARN”: DEREGULATING THE NIGERIAN WORKERS AS A LASTING SOLUTION TO THE MINIMUM WAGE CONTROVERSIES, BRAIN DRAIN, PUBLIC CORRUPTION AND LOW WORKER PRODUCTIVITY IN NIGERIA. A Memorandum on the State of the Nigerian Civil Service and Current Crises Regarding the Minimum Wage Announced by the Federal Government. Prepared for the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, FSS, DSS, mni. dated 10th October, 1998.

PART FIVE
PRIVATE MEMORANDA TO CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO, PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

Chapter Twenty Five ………………………………… 854
WORKERS, PROBITY AND DEMOCRACY:
DEREGULATING THE NIGERIAN WORKERS AS LASTING SOLUTION TO THE MINIMUM WAGE CONTROVERSIES, BRAIN DRAIN, PUBLIC CORRUPTION AND LOW WORKER PRODUCTIVITY IN NIGERIA. A Memorandum on the State of Nigerian Civil Service and Current Efforts at Preventing Corruption and Promoting Productivity: Prepared for the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR. May 30, 1999.
Chapter Twenty Six ………………………………… 897
PRESIDENT OBASANJO AND NIGERIA’S NEW FOREIGN POLICY: TOWARDS A DYNAMIC CONDUCT AND MANAGEMENT OF OUR EXTERNAL RELATIONS UNDER A DEMOCRATIC ORDER. A Private Memorandum Proposing Strategies and Procedures for a Dynamic Conduct and Management of our External Relations under a Democratic Order. Prepared for the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, dated 10th June, 1999.



Chapter Twenty Seven ……………………………… 949
PROPOSAL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES AGENCY (NEFCA) IN NIGERIA. Prepared for the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, as a reaction to The Growing Negative Impacts of Economic and Financial Crimes on Nigeria, dated 19th July, 1999.
Chapter Twenty Eight ……………………………. 963
PREPARING THE FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE TO COPE WITH THE CHALLENGES OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE AND UNCERTAINTIES OF THE 21ST CENTURY. Prepared for the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, dated December, 1999.
Chapter Twenty Nine ……………………………… 971
TOWARDS THE NEED FOR THE COMPUTERISATION OF THE FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE. A Private Memorandum on the Need for the Computerization of the Operations of the Federal Civil Service in Preparation for Future E-Governance in Nigeria. Prepared for the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, 30th January, 2000.
Bibliography ……………………………………………… 982
About the Book ……………………………………………. 1023
About the Author ………………………………………….. 1025
Recent Books by the Author …………………………… 1026
Annexure “A”: What Wushishi and I had in Mind When We Conceived EFCC: An Interview by Lead Times Africa Magazine June-July, 2013 ...........................…… 1052
Annexure “B”: Tackling Corruption in Nigeria by Monitoring and Evaluation. An Interview by Lead Times Africa Magazine, Vol.5, No.4, September-October, 2013 …….… 1069
Annexure “C”: Why I wrote National Security, Democracy and Good Governance in Post-Military Rule Nigeria. An Interview by The Guardian, April 17, 2017 ………………………….….. 1092
Annexure “D”: The One Option Jonathan has Avoided on Insecurity. An Interview by Weekly Trust, June 1, 2013 … 1104
Annexure “E”: Transformation Agenda Ought To be Actionable by Now. An Interview by Weekly Trust, October 26, 2013 .…………………………………..… 1115

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ENDORSEMENTS OF DR. DAN MOU, THE AUTHOR’S BOOKS

• “These books are a must read. Dr. Dan Mou, a world-class trained political scientist, who has served at various Ministries and parastatals in Nigeria before retirement, has made stoning revelations.” Lead Times Africa Magazine

• “Dr. Dan Mou, a varsity don and seasoned civil servant, (who) spent over two decades working in Nigeria’s Presidency, provides deep insights in these books, into the intractable security situation in Nigeria and Africa, among other issues.” Daily Trust

• “Dr. Dan Mou, an accomplished political scientist and public servant with a firm grasp of national security and public policy … has revealed a lot in his new book: Making of an African Giant: State, Politics and Public Policy in Nigeria, Volumes 1 & 2. Public policy and the state of affairs in Nigeria is the focus of this excellent and well researched book filled with the authors contributions toward a better and prosperous Nigeria … Dr. Mou rightly predicted what we are currently witnessing in Nigeria in this excellent book that all Nigerians should read.” The Nation.

• “I did not only get autographed copies of the book … which incidentally is filled with the author’s contributions toward a better and prosperous Nigeria. … how would I have known that this was the man that wrote a personal Memo to former President Olusegun Obasanjo that led to the establishment of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)? How would I have also known that he was equally the brain behind a personal Memo that led to the establishment of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Amnesty Programme that brought relative peace to that hitherto restive region? … It can be quite painful doing the ‘donkey job’ without being appreciated. In all this, did I detect any hint of bitterness in Dr. Mou? Not at all. He is still contributing his quota to ensure Nigeria gets back on the right track. This is surely one optimistic Nigerian.” The Nation.

• “Having successfully designed and masterminded many workable national schemes in the past in Nigeria, like the memoranda that led to the establishment of the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission), Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, the Amnesty Programme for the Niger Delta Region Militants, to mention just a few … Dr. Dan Mou, in these books, has (proposed) permanent solutions to these public policy challenges. … it is no fallacy to say that no one else could have done it better.” Dr. O.W. Bashorun, Provost, College of Education, Lagos, Nigeria.

• “Dr. Dan Mou, Executive Chairman of centre for Poverty Eradication, Development and Equal Opportunity, has recently published 10 books on such topical issues as national security, good governance, democracy, girl child education and sustainable development. All 10 books were authored by Dr. Mou and appeal to a wide and varied audience, including policy makers and scholars.
I have personally gleaned through some of the books, and have read some reviews and endorsements by scholars and relevant authorities. I am thus convinced that the books would be of immense interest to a broad range of scholars, policy makers and students in higher institutions including strategic level establishments such as the National Defence College. As one critic rightly observed, “the purpose of these books is to stimulate international policy debate on the problems associated with sustainable development, national security, good governance and democracy in Africa”. Ambassador (Dr.) CW Wigwe, fwc, fdc (+), Provost, Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, National Defence College, Nigeria.

• “I am very impressed with their theoretical scope, command of extant literature and methodological sophistication. Dr. Mou’s books should be of immense interest to a broad range of scholars - from political theorists, to political economists as well as African area specialists.” Professor Crawford Young, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.

• “There is this perception that Nigerians don’t write and read. This perception is deep seated, even among intellectuals who see our authors as shallow researchers. But Making of an African Giant by Dr. Dan Mou, has debunked that myth and shown that Nigerians can write well researched and detailed books. So we have to ensure that readers know the book exists … It is quite prophetic in its assessment of the Nigerian State.” Agbo Agbo, Columnist, The Nation Newspaper.

• “Dr. Dan Mou’s Making of an African Giant: State, Politics and Public Policy in Nigeria Volumes 1 & 2 which cover 1,860 pages, are not just mere books. They are clearly encyclopedia. Everything you want to know about the State, Politics, economy and society in Nigeria is there!” Dr. Yima Sen, Senior Lecturer, Department of Mass Communication, Baze University, Abuja, Nigeria.

• “Dr. Dan Mou … Thanks for contributing to knowledge. Your books are highly expository and full of discoveries … We are very proud of you.” S.A. Raofu, Chairman, Committee of Deans, AOCOE, Lagos, Nigeria.

• “The books by Dr. Dan Mou are chunky both in terms of size but also in terms of content and of course price. But essentially, each one is worth the investment as they would not only enrich the Library but avail readers within and outside the College, including Research Fellows, of invaluable sources of reliable and well-researched works on topics of critical importance to current national and international issues. Some of the topics could form the basis of further research, thus extending the frontiers of knowledge. Out of the 10 books listed I am inclined to recommend that the College Library should acquire 7. These are:
a) National Security, Democracy and Good Governance in Post-Military Rule in Nigeria Vol.I.
b) National Security, Democracy and Good Governance in Post- Military Rule in Nigeria Vol.II
c) Making of an African Giant: State, Politics and Public Policy in Nigeria Vol.I.
d) Making of an African Giant: State, Politics and Public Policy in Nigeria Vol. II.
e) National Security, Good Governance and Democracy in Africa.
f) State Power, Agrarian Policies & Peasant Welfare in Nigeria.
g) Girl Child Education, Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Africa”.
Ambassador (Dr.) CW Wigwe, fwc, fdc (+), Provost, Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, National Defence College, Nigeria

• “I have bought and read these Dr. Mou’s books. It is clear now that I am one of his quiet admirers … Dr. Mou is certainly one of the best scholars we have on the African continent … As an educationist myself, before I became a Traditional Ruler, I agree totally with his analysis and conclusions in these books. In particular I recommend these books to governments, politicians, policy makers, educationalists and the general public.

I share the optimism Dr. Mou has expressed in these books, that once the recommendations there in are adopted and meticulously implemented, with proper monitoring and evaluation of such resultant policies and programmes, Nigeria and indeed Africa, would be able to solve most of the challenges currently associated with national security, good governance and democracy on the continent.
Buy these books, read these books and above all, take the necessary steps to implement the policy recommendations Dr. Mou has offered therein all over the continent of Africa. Well done, Dr. Mou.” HRH Alh. (Dr.) Sheban Audu, Nizazo III, Etsu Kwali, Etsu Kwali’s Palace, Abuja, Nigeria.

• “The purpose of Dr. Dan Mou in these books is certainly to stimulate international policy debate on the problems associated with sustainable development, national security, good governance and democracy in Africa. Dr. Mou, a reputable public policy expert of world-class standing, who had also worked for three decades at the highest level in the Public Service of Nigeria, and currently serves as a Member of the Presidential Jobs Board in the Presidency at Abuja, has done an excellent work in these books.
I am very thankful to God and to Dr. Mou that these seven books are now available for all to read. I hope that the rich content of these books will generate the needed debate, awareness and stimulate concrete policy actions to tackle these issues in Africa that would guarantee maximum positive results.
I recommend these books as a must-read for educationists, scholars, policy matters, politicians and the general public.” Dr. Edet B. Ekpenyong, President, Pan African Girl Child Education Foundation, Abuja, Nigeria.

• “I thank God for having the opportunity to read four of Dr. Dan Mou’s recently released books on different subjects relating to Nigeria and Africa as a whole. The ones I have so far read are:

Making of an African Giant: State, Politics and Public Policy in Nigeria, (Volumes I and 2); National Security, Good Governance and Democracy in Africa; State Power, Agrarian Policies and Peasant Welfare in Nigeria – all published by AuthorHouse in Bloomington, Indiana, USA; and Girl Child Education, Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Africa, published by Pan African Publishing House, Abuja, Nigeria.

Dr. Dan Mou has proven himself a world-class scholar and an intellectual colossus. His reputation as an internationally renowned public policy expert has continued to soar…
Dr. Mou’s books are meant to solve African problems and they surely would. These books of a literary icon are strongly recommended for intellectuals, policy makers, and even for the general readers. I congratulate him for these remarkable achievements.” Professor Justice Abdul Fatai Kuti, First Justice of Abuja High Court; and former Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State of Nigeria.

• “Dear Prof. Dan Mou,
Congratulations for these stimulating and wonderful books. Yes, this is you! … I believe these books would make landmark contributions to knowledge! Well done… Best Regards.” Gen. Chris A. Garuba, CFR., Former Military Governor of Bauchi State and former Commandant, National Defence College, Nigeria.

• “The books [by Dr. Dan Mou] are impeccably well-packaged, well written and arranged. The language is lucid and reader-friendly. As already indicated, the books are bulky and intimidating but once picked up it is difficult to put down. That is the power of the narrative and analysis: indeed, that is the selling point for the books and Dr. Mou must be commended for this intensive and extensive forage into public sector research”. Ambassador (Dr.) CW Wigwe, fwc, fdc (+), Provost, Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, National Defence College, Nigeria.

• “Professor Dan Mou,
Congratulations for these two outstanding text books: Making of an African Giant: State, Politics and Public Policy in Nigeria, Volumes I and 2. This is what Professors should be doing to promote academic excellence. Your achievements do not come as a surprise to me. You are really worth this! Warm Regards.” Dr. Elijah Apine, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Sciences, University of Jos, Nigeria.

• “The College Librarian may wish to consider acquisition of these Dr. Dan Mou’s books in order to enrich the collection of the College Library while projecting it as a reliable and authoritative source of good books in the FCT and indeed the country”. Ambassador (Dr.) CW Wigwe, fwc, fdc (+), Provost, Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, National Defence College, Nigeria.

• “Dr. Dan Mou … I am highly impressed with your academic accomplishments, especially your copious research, which is both social, political and academic. Your flair for writing is amazing. I am delighted that you will be attending the … National Conference as you promised. I am sure many will like to meet you having read much of your published research. May God keep you and give you happy times to His Glory”. Dr. Titus Terver Udu, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria.

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