Military coups have been for long time identified as a common feature of African politics. Nigeria has been one of the countries that better exemplified the role, effects and consequences that decades of dictatorship can bring to a young nation. Nevertheless, Nigeria also reflects the hopes, the resources and the bright future that African nations have at their horizon. A tale, from 1966 to 1999, of coups, successful and attempted, to better comprehend a dark but important period of Nigerian and African history.
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