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It is a fact that Comparative Studies of Religion are a rare breed, even in theological Colleges, Seminaries and other Institutions of Higher Learning. Yet, if individuals in a free society are to freely make their choices dispassionately regarding which faith to follow; they must be given some basic education. Ignorance is really quite deadly! This book offers the reader an opportunity to acquire such knowledge. It covers, accurately and comparatively, the basic theologies, doctrines, etymologies, and philosophies of Christianity and Islam.
This highly anointed and scholarly book accomplishes, among other things, three major tasks: First, it explains why up till today, even in some of the so called advanced free democratic societies, religious terrorism, violence and conflicts are on the increase. Consequently, most individuals, especially Christians, still live under the threat of molestation and even death from the rival religions, especially Islam or more specifically, “Radical” and “Militant” Islam.
Second, it addresses the concerns expressed in certain quarters, that all religions are the same and therefore, a conscious attempt should be made to harmonize and integrate them as one world religion as that would promote understanding and religious peace by adherents of the different religions. Third, it discusses, quite perceptively and objectively, what can be done to promote inter-faith harmony, peaceful co-existence, and religious pluralism, if inter-faithism is not practiceable or even desirable, as the book concludes. Whether you are a Christian or Muslim, or even a Member of other Faiths, read this book and find out for yourself the basic truths about Christianity and Islam.


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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: From Obasanjo to Jonathan Administrations; National Security, Good Governance and Democracy in Africa; State Power, Agrarian Policies and Peasant Welfare in Nigeria; 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, Volumes One Two; and National Security, Good Governance and Democracy in Post-Military Rule Nigeria Volumes One and Two.
Dr. Mou’s other best sellers are Securing of an African Giant: National Security, Good Governance and Nation Building in Nigeria, Volumes One and Two; Without Vision the People Perish: Confronting Public Policy Challenges to African States and Leaders; Winning Poverty Battle: Poverty Eradication and Inclusive Growth in Nigeria and Politics of Religious Accommodation: Internal Security & Religious Tolerance in Nigeria, co-authored with his daughter, Dr. Seseer P. Mou. His marriage to Mimidoo Osewe Mou is blessed with children.
e-mail: [email protected]


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CONTENTS
Endorsements of Dr. Dan Mou, the Author’s Books xiii
Acknowledgements xxii
Preface xxxv
List of Tables xxxviii

PART I
INTRODUCTION, OVERVIEW AND DEFINITION
OF KEY CONCEPTS
Chapter 1
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW ………………. 2
Introduction and Overview ……………………………… 2

Chapter 2
DEFINITION OF KEY CONCEPTS ………………… 11
Definition of Key Concepts ……….…………………. 11
(i) Internal Security …………………………… 11 (ii) Inter-Faith Harmony ……………………… 12
(iii) Religion ………………………………………… 13
(iv) The State ………………………………………… 15
(v) Religious Tolerance/Intolerance/Terrorism 16
(vi) Religious War (Jihad/Violence) ………… 17 (vii) Poverty ……………………………………………. 18
(viii) Socialization ……………………………………. 19

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PART II
RELIGION IN A FREE SOCIETY:
CONCEPTUAL ISSUES
Chapter 3: The Nature of A Free Society … 22
I. Introduction …………………………………………. 22
II. The Nature of a Free Society: A Framework for
Analysis ……………………………….……………… 27
(i) National Security System ……………… 29
(ii) The Factor of Good Governance …… 37 (iii) Fundamental Human Rights ……….. 39 (iv) Concept of Democracy ………………… 45
(v) Avenues for Political Participation … 47
(vi) The Factors of Poverty ………………… 52
(vii) Press Freedom …………………………… 58
III. Conclusion ………………………………………… 62

Chapter 4
THE STATE, RELIGION AND POLITICS ……… 83
(i) Review of Studies on the State, Religion and
Politics ………………………………………………………… 85
(ii) The State, Religion and Politics …………….. 86
(iii) The State and Religion: Three Options …… 87
(a) The Atheistic Option ………………………… 87 (b) The Totalitarian/Assimilationist Option 88
(c) The State Neutrality or Secularity Model 88 (iv) Significance of the Book ………………………… 88

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PART III
RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE ON UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES
Chapter 5
CAUSES OF STUDENT UNREST: A THEORETICAL
EXPLORATION …………………..…………………… 89
I. Introduction ……………………………………… 89
II. Major Causes of Student Unrest ……………. 90
(a) The Turbulent Generation ………………… 90
(b) Socialization and Student Unrest ……….. 95
(c) Social Psychological and Psychiatric Causes 100
(d) University Environmental Factors ……… 104
(e) Collective Behaviour and Student Unrest 112
(f) Class Conflicts and Student Unrest …… 115 III. Conclusion ………………………………………… 120

Chapter 6
RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE ON NIGERIAN
UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES …………………………… 128
(i) State and Religious Intolerance …………… 129
(ii) State and Religious Fanaticism ………………. 133
(iii) State Religion and University Senior Staff .. 138
(iv) Religious Terrorism/War ………………………. 142
(v) Religion and Politics ……………………………… 146
(vi) Religious Fanaticism and Politics …………… 148
(vii) Religion and World Politics …………………… 154
(viii) Conclusion …………………………………………… 156
(ix) Policy Recommendations ………………………. 158
(x) General Reflections ………………………………. 167
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PART IV
THE SEARCH FOR PEACE, SECURITY AND INTER-FAITH HARMONY
Chapter 7
THE SEARCH FOR PEACE, SECURITY AND
CHALLENGES OF INTER-FAITH HARMONY … 174 (i) Introduction and Overview ……………………. 174 (ii) Conceptualization: Peace, Security and Inter-
Faithism ……………………………………………… 181
(a) Peace and Inter-Faithism …………………. 182
(b) Security and Inter-Faithism ……………… 184 (c) Inter-Faith Harmony and Sustainable
Development ……………………………………. 184 (d) Religion and Democracy …………………… 195 (e) Religious War (Jihad) and Human Rights … 197
(f) Religious Violence and Religious Freedoms 197 (g) Socialization and Religion …………………. 197
(h) Poverty and Religious Freedoms ………… 199
Chapter 8
CONDITIONS FOR PRACTISING INTER-FAITHISM
OR INTER-FAITH HARMONY ……………………… 201 (i) Super-Natural Being or Beings ………………. 202
(ii) Conception of Heaven and Hell ……………… 202
(iii) Strategies of Socialization and Conversion …… 202
(iv) Ritual Acts and Sacred Objects ………………. 202
(v) Moral and Religious Codes of Behaviour … 203
(vi) Modes of Prayer(s) and Other Communication with the God(s) ……………………………………………… 203
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(vii) Vision and World View ………………………….. 203
Chapter 9
POSSIBILITY OF INTER-FAITHISM BETWEEN
CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM ………………………… 205
(i) Belief in the Same Supernatural Being - God … 206
(ii) Conception of Heaven and Hell ……………… 211
(iii) Socialization and Conversion Strategies …… 218

Chapter 10
IMPOSSIBILITIES, INCOMPATIBILITIES AND
IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN
CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM ……………………… 222
I. Introduction ……………………………………… 222
II. Impossibilities, Incompatibilities and Irreconcilable Differences Between Christianity
and Islam ………………………………………… 223
(i) Lack of Similar Belief in the Same
Supernatural Being - God ………………… 223 (ii) Different and Divergent Conceptions of
Heaven and Hell ……………………………… 228
(iii) Different and Divergent Conceptions About
How Life in Heaven Will Be ……………. 230
(iv) Different and Divergent Conceptions of
How Life in Hell Will Be …………………… 233
(v) Different, Divergent and Opposing Strategies and Methodologies of
Evangelization, Conversion and
Socialization in Christianity and Islam 235
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III Conclusion ………………………………………… 238

Chapter 11
THE STATE AND RELIGION IN A FREE SOCIETY:
POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS & CONCLUSION 239
I. Introduction ………………………………………. 240
II. The Growing Politicization and Criminalization of
Religions, Especially Christianity World-Wide 240
III. State and Religion in Comparative Perspectives 242
(i) The Atheistic Policy Option …………………… 243 (ii) The Totalitarian or Assimilationist Policy
Option ……………………………………………… 243
(iii) The State Neutrality or Secularity Policy
Option …………………………………………….. 245
IV. Establishment of a National Directorate of Religious Intelligence and Freedoms (NADRIF) to Enforce, Monitor and Evaluate Religious Freedoms in all Member Nations of the United
Nations ………………………………………………. 246
V. Conclusion .…………………………………………. 248
Bibliography ………………………………………………… 254

APPENDIXES:
Appendix I ………………………………………………… 274 The State and Constitutional Reviews:
Suggested
Limitations and Modalities for the Constitutional Conference. A Private
Memorandum Prepared and Submitted to the Head of
State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of
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the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Sani Abacha, GCFR, on the Impending Constitutional Conference in Nigeria, dated 10th March, 1994.

Appendix II ………………………………………………… 352 Proposal for Establishment of a National Empowerment and Inclusive Growth
Commission to Carter for 71% (Seventy one Percent) of Nigerians Still in Mass Poverty, Excluded from Enjoying Dividends of Democracy and Development in Their own Country. A Private Memorandum Prepared for President and Commander-in-Chief, Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, as Reaction to the Growing Number of Nigerians Still Living in Mass Poverty and Excluded from Enjoying the Dividends of Democracy and Development in Nigeria, dated 16th March, 2016.

Appendix III …………………………………………… 397
Internal Security, Poverty Eradication and
Inclusive Growth: A Case for the Establishment of National Poverty Eradication and Equal Opportunity Commission in Nigeria. A Private Memorandum Prepared for the President and Commander-in-Chief, Armed Forces of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, as a Reaction to the Growing Number of Nigerians Still Living in Mass Poverty and Excluded from Enjoying the Dividends of
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Democracy and Development in their own Country, dated 21st September, 2017.

Appendix IV ……………………………………………… 416
A Case for the Establishment of a Federal Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Inclusion in Nigeria. Being a Private Memo Prepared for the President and Commander-in-Chief, Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to Tackle the Growing Number of Nigerians Still Living in Mass Poverty (71%) and Excluded from Enjoying the Dividends of Democracy and Development in Nigeria Forcing Many of them to Flock to Foreign Nations Illegally, dated 30th November, 2017.

Appendix V ……………………………………………….. 434 Request to Partner With the Hon. Minister, Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouq and Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. Being a Proposal Submitted to Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouq, Honourable Minister of the newly created Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Abuja, Offering to Collaborate with her and the Ministry she now holds which Dr. Dan Mou sent several Memoranda (See Appendixes II to V above) to the President and VicePresident of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President, Prof. Yomi Osinbajo before they finally agreed and created it, dated 30th October, 2019.

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Appendix VI ……………………………………………… 444 National Security Architecture, Good Governance and Nation Building: Preventing Nigeria From Becoming a “Failed State”. Being a Private Policy Memorandum Forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on the Contentious
Issues of the National Security Architecture that would
Promote Good Governance and Nation Building in Nigeria, dated 19th July, 2018.

Appendix VII ……………………………………………… 493 Plural Society and Representational Democracy: Towards the Reinforcement of the Principles of Equity and Social Justice in the Nigerian Constitution. A Private Memorandum Submitted to the Delegate to the National Constitutional Conference, Abuja, on the Question of Power Sharing in Nigeria, dated 15th July, 1994.

Appendix VIII ………………………………………….… 502 National Security and the Challenges of Restructuring: Ensuring the Political, Social and Economic Integration of Nigeria. A Private
Policy Memorandum Submitted to the Senate
President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, dated 5th June, 2018.

Appendix IX ……………………………………………… 549 Understanding the Major Challenges and Opportunities to Maintaining Peace, Security and Sustainable Development in Nigeria. Being a Private Memorandum Prepared on Request and Delivered to Senator George Akume, Chairman, Senate
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Committee on the Army, National Assembly Complex, Abuja, dated 19th May, 2019.

Appendix X ………………………………………………… 562 The Politics and Economics of Constitutional Review and Restructuring in Nigeria. Being a Private Memorandum Submitted to the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, National Assembly Complex, Abuja on the Emerging Calls for a National Constitutional Conference to be Convened in Nigeria, dated 11th December, 2017.

ANNEXURES
Annexure I ……………………………………… 580
Dr. Dan Mou’s Interview titled, “Death of al-Baghadi’ll not weaken insurgency – Expert - Says Nigeria’s Lack of National Security Policy Worrisome”, Daily Sun, Monday, November 18, 2019.

Annexure II ……………………………………………. 595
Dr. Dan Mou’s Interview titled, “Death of al-
Baghadadi’ll not Weaken insurgency – Expert - Says Nigeria’s Lack of National Security Policy Worrisome”, Daily Sun, Monday, December 2, 2019.

About the Book ……………………………………………… 602
About the Author …………………………………………… 603
Other Recent Books by the Author ………………….. 605
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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.

• “Dr. Dan Mou … you are a gem and a rare gift to the intellectual world.” Prof. Zanzan Uji, Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria.
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