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Akintunde Akinkunmi is a medical practitioner and also a high ranking officer in the British Army, in which he has served for more than 20 years, holding a variety of regimental, staff and command appointments in that time. This is his second book, the first being a work of fiction titled Best Served Cold.


This is an enlightening book that contains nuggets of facts about the formation, growth and influence of the Nigerian Army in the country's political evolution. It is as meticulous in its historical analysis as it is wide ranging in its scope of coverage. The release of the book comes at a time when the role of the military--one of the most important public institutions in Nigeria--is coming under fresh public scrutiny in the context of the country's democratic consolidation. This book is a must read for policy makers as well as scholars of Nigeria's security institutions and public affairs.--Ejeviome Eloho Otobo, Non-Resident Senior Expert in Peacebuilding and Global Economic Policy at the Global Governance Institute, Brussels, Belgium, and author of Consolidating Peace in Africa: The Role of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (2015) and Africa in Transition: A New Way of Looking at Progress in the Region (2017)This is a welcome addition to literature currently available on the Nigerian Army. The book will be attractive to the generality of those interested in examining why Nigeria, in spite of all its natural advantages, has remained a dysfunctional country. I recommend it to all segments of the reading public.--Lt. General (rtd.) Ipoola A. Akinrinade, Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff, (1979-1980) and Chief of Defense Staff (1980-1981) during the Second Republic

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