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From beginning to the end, Nigerian Public Discourse is a poignant insider’s dissection of Nigeria’s hydra-headed socio-political situation. Through courageous and radical intellectual analyses, the author questions the collective dissemination of myth garnished as facts in the discourse of national enterprise, a misadventure that has negatively impacted national development. Thus, the author aims at reframing national discourses away from misconceived narratives and nebulous data brandishing in order to engender national growth and development. Issues bordering on national growth—rule of law, democracy, infrastructure, economy, constitution, judiciary, security, citizenship, civic responsibilities, labour, corruption (in all forms), and education—are raised, with the author providing a prism on how to navigate these terrains as he advances cultural realities as a way out of the woods. The author advocates appreciating the country and her institutions while not foreclosing the possibilities for improvements. Quite illuminating on nation-building, this insightful book deconstructs the intricacies of governance vis-a-vis its challenges. The author opens the readers’ minds to the ignorance and misconceptions in which our concerns are rooted, and guides our outlooks as we are confronted with choices on which way to go in search of better lives and alternatives for our country. The book, presented from the viewpoints of an author who many describe as politician, lawyer, engineer, counsellor and teacher par excellence that is passionate about the Nigerian project, provides a cautionary message on how we can collectively build a country that we can be proud of. It is a call to the citizens and the government to value national co-existence and collective sharing. As a pragmatic approach to governance, every Nigerian will benefit from reading this book, and its epistemologies will be a great gain for the nation.

Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola’s performance as Governor of Lagos State from 2007 to 2015, and Minister of the Federal Government, from then till 2023, is described by many Nigerians as transformational. Internationally, TIME Magazine commended him for “the overhaul of Lagos infrastructure” and The Economist acknowledged him as “a rare good man” and a Governor “who does his job well.” In 2015, he received the Stephen J. Solarz Award of the International Crisis Group for his commitment to building a peaceful and vibrant society, and for working to improve social and economic conditions in Lagos, including his role in preventing the Ebola outbreak from becoming a crisis in Nigeria. In the previous year, he was listed as one of the 100 Top Global Thinkers for 2013 by a global personality assessment organisation, Lo Spazio della Politica (LSDP), based in Italy and Brussels. Before joining the public service as Chief of Staff to the Lagos State Governor whom he succeeded, and who is now Nigeria’s President, he spent 14 years in private law practice and earned Nigeria’s highest legal distinction as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

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