This book is an excellent historical reconstruction of the traumatic events of 1966 and how they contributed to the current political malaise in Nigeria. The reader will enjoy the way Chief Osuchukwu
traced the origin of Nigeria's contemporary problems to the unresolved and obfuscated issues that erupted in that crucial era. The book has done a wonderful work in examining and exposing the insidious role of ethnicity in Nigerian politics and equally the role of the military in exacerbating Nigeria's political problems as initiators and active participants in the killings of 1966.One interesting revelation is the nature of the emergence of the military on the political scene and how it compromised their position as symbols of national unity and protectors of the citizenry. The military leaders that emerged from the catastrophic events of 1966 were as Chief Osuchukwu rightly put it; 'neither national patriots nor revolutionaries'. They emerged from the ethnic confrontation of 1966 and again as Chief Osuchukwu rightly put it, they hardly grew above their tribal angst and 'instead of engendering, they hindered a healthy national growth'.
Today, Nigeria is paying the price for the atrocities and failings of the past leaders and the current state of the nation do not give much cause for joy. Hence the appropriateness of this book's advocacy for a new perspective politics of real issues that transcends ethnic bigotry and place all Nigerians as individuals with rights, privileges, interests and needs. The book is a timely warning as Nigeria dances on the precipice and I highly recommend it to anyreader who wishes to have an understanding of Nigerian political scene and its history.