He has also gained a reputation as one of the most objective and knowledgeable scholars about the role of the Nigerian military in politics, and of Nigeria’s post-independence history.
His previous book “Oil, Politics and Violence: Nigeria’s Military Coup Culture 1966-1976” is considered the definitive reference point on Nigeria’s post independence history up till the late 1970s. Oil, Politics, and Violence has been described by different reviewers as “something of a miracle”, “a breath-taking narrative”, and an “absorbing and fascinating work”. The former Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria acclaimed it as “the most comprehensive and authentic documentation on the Nigerian coup and counter coup of 1966 and the Biafran War that I have ever seen.”
His next book “Soldiers of Fortune: Nigerian Politics From Buhari to Babangida (1983-1993)” continues the story of Nigerian history where Oil, Politics and Violence ended. Soldiers of Fortune is written in his fast-paced, thriller, eye on the wall style. The book is a repository and detailed examination of Nigeria’s political life from 1983 to 1993. It is the second book of the author’s planned trilogy of books on Nigerian history.
“This book is written for, and is dedicated to the memory of my father – a man who lived and died in service of his country… The legacy of heroes is the honour of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”