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A Quiet Revolution

Some Social and Religious Perspectives on the Nigerian Crisis


Joseph F. Mali

In A Quiet Revolution: Some Social and Religious Perspectives on the Nigerian Crisis, Joseph F. Mali argues that contrary to popular belief, corruption and failed leadership are not at the heart of the Nigerian crisis. Corruption and misrule, though they have done a terrible harm to the Nigerian society, are in fact byproducts of something much more sinister in the same way that smoke is the byproduct of fire. The real trouble with Nigeria, Mali puts it bluntly, is a lifestyle of profound selfishness, which the people and their leaders have in common. The nation is still bleeding because of this evil. Unless Nigerians cure this «disease», Mali maintains, no system of government is likely to succeed in Nigeria. In vain do Nigerians seek political solutions as long as selfishness remains their credo! Since Nigeria’s problem is moral in nature, Mali insists, the remedy must also be ethical in character. Accordingly, he proposes «A Quiet Revolution» as a cure for Nigeria’s ailment. This revolution is not a silent coup to overthrow the Nigerian government. It is not «a French-styled rebellion in which the masses on the streets, and peasants in the country put an end to centuries of absolute monarchy». Rather, the «Quiet Revolution» is an interior change; an individual transformation. As long as this change has not taken place, Mali declares, it will be difficult to repair and restore Nigeria.
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1.Founded by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1988 in Nigeria, the African Leadership Forum (ALF) was intended to improve the quality of leadership in Africa, help train the next generation of African leaders, and provide them with a forum to meet, exchange ideas, and improve their performance.

2.Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, “The Challenge of Leadership,” in Challenges of Leadership in African Development, ed. Olusegun Obasanjo and Hans d’Orville (New York: Crane Russak, 1990), 21. General Babangida was the military ruler of Nigeria from August 27, 1985, until he left office on August 27, 1993.

3.Babangida, “The Challenge of Leadership,” 21.


1.Karl Maier, This House Has Fallen: Nigeria in Crisis (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2002), xix.



4.John Campbell was the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria from 2004 to 2007. His first contact with Nigeria was in 1988 as a political counselor in Lagos.

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