In Waning Strength of Government, Obaze draws on twenty-three of his various speeches, policy briefs, lectures and op-eds, to render exploratory essays that dissect some common patterns and trajectories that point anthetically to factors and conducts, which ought to constitute the strength of government, but don’t. In so doing, he unmasks the prevailing weaknesses and waning strength of government – the attendant consequences, and their prevalence and implications for Nigeria.
Such developments, with the attendant reversals, some nondescript and some dramatic, but replete with absence of resilience, leads the author to assert that democracy, “once characterized as probably the greatest expansion of freedom,” has come under assault from within its ranks, as shifts in geopolitics combine with ascendancy of non-state actors to undercut democracy. Cognizant of the suggestion that the democratic system as conceptualized, has not just worked as expected, but is rather dysfunctional, the author asserts that nowhere is this consideration more evident and concrete than in Africa, Nigeria included.
About the Author
Oseloka Henry OBAZE (OHO) is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Selonnes Consult Ltd., a policy, governance, and management consulting firm. In 2019 Mr. Obaze was the Anambra State Chairman of the Atiku-Obi Presidential Campaign Council. In 2017 he contested for the Anambra State governorship as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He served as the 9th Secretary to the Anambra State Government (Secretary of State) from 29 June 2012 to 8 June 2015. A former Nigerian Foreign Service Officer (1991-2012) and United Nations official (1982-1991), Mr. Obaze has a diverse professional background as a diplomat, strategic policy adviser, political analyst, writer, literary critic, public speaker, administrator, and politician.
He is a native of Ochuche Umuodu in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria. Born on 9 April 1955 in Ogidi, Nigeria, he had his secondary education at Christ the King College, Onitsha, and Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha. He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Nebraska, both in Lincoln, Nebraska, from where he respectively received his Bachelors’s and Masters’s degrees in Political Science and International Relations. He is also a graduate of the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy.
He is co-author of Joe Garba’s Legacy (Xlibris, 2012) and the author Regarscent Past, (Ben Bosah Books, 2015); Here To Serve, (Ben Bosah Books, 2016) and Prime Witness, (Safari Books, 2016), Africa’s Vision–A Second Anthology (Parrésia Publishers, 2020), The Waning Strength of Government (Parrésia Publishers, 2020) and co-author of Nigeria: Caught in the Whirlwind (Safari Books, 2020). He has published numerous articles on governance, political, social, and development issues, on journals, websites, and newspapers. The manuscript for his collection of poems, “Regarscent Past: A Collection “of Poems” placed second among the top three finalists in the poetry category in the African Writers Endowment Publishing Grant Program for 2004. He also contributed a tribute paper titled, “Achebe, Ike, Momah (AIM): Celebrating the Umuahia Literary Trio”, in Chukwuemeka Ike: Fifty Years as a Trailblazing Novelist, (Ed.) Kanchana Ugbabe (2015).
Mr. Obaze is married to Dr. Ofunne Omo Obaze, and they are blessed with children. A widely travelled man, he has visited sixty-seven (67) countries. He is an avid sportsman and soccer enthusiast; he reviews books and arts as a hobby.