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A review of Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN’s Nigerian Public Discourse

Title: Nigerian Public Discourse

Author: Babatunde Raji Fashola

Year of Publication: 2023

Number of Pages: 218

In a time of widespread hunger in Nigeria, patriotism isn’t a primary concern for its citizens. However, given Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN’s high standards during his tenure as Governor of Lagos State and Minister, many may be eager to hear his insights in his book, Nigerian Public Discourse.

The chapter titles suggest a comprehensive and data-driven book. While it generally meets this expectation, it occasionally takes on a more personal and reflective tone, resembling a memoir.

With the author’s intellectual nature, readers can expect a meticulously crafted work that skillfully balances simplicity and complexity, ensuring accessibility without sacrificing depth.

Covering a broad spectrum of topics from education to poverty and governance, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN also shares personal perspectives from his time in government.

While the book is informative and maintains a positive outlook on Nigeria, it sometimes portrays a clash between the public and private sectors, or between the Federal government and citizens.
The author appears frustrated by widespread misconceptions about the government held by Nigerians, using the book to confront and correct these misunderstandings. While emphasizing citizens’ responsibilities to improve the country, he sometimes lacks empathy towards the deep frustrations many feel towards leaders and the country’s situation.

At times, the author’s tone may shift blame, leaving readers torn between agreement and frustration, especially when discussing Nigeria’s performance relative to other African countries.

BRF transitions from author to teacher and motivator, urging Nigerians to realize their power to effect change rather than blame the government.

Some readers may perceive a significant gap between Nigeria’s leaders and its people based on the author’s perspectives on certain issues.

The book often adopts a scolding tone, reminding Nigerians of the consequences of law-breaking and unruly behavior.

However, many young Nigerians reading the book may seek a detailed discussion of the End SARS issue and feel let down by the brief mention without detailed authorial involvement.

This concise yet informative book not only serves as a valuable information source but also sparks meaningful discussions.

Upon finishing the book, readers might feel compelled to engage in serious conversations with Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, perhaps indicating his intention behind writing “Nigerian Public Discourse.

About the reviewer

Titilade Oyemade is a business executive in a leading organisation and holds a degree in Russian Language. She’s the convener of the Hangoutwithtee Ladies Event and the publisher of Hangoutwithtee magazine. She spends her weekends attending women conferences, events and book readings. She loves to have fun and to help other women have the same in their lives. Email: [email protected] Social: @tiipreeofficial