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A part of this chapter will highlight how Simone and a few other analysts have framed and addressed this question. In addition, it is useful to imagine the typical African city as struggling between the pressures of postcolonization (and in some cases, decolonization) and the tendencies inherent in certain forms of vernacular globalism. Also, the question of the globality of the African city is highlighted in various ways. 2 This perspective foregrounds the more formal aspects of a global monoculture.
However, it would be a mistake to assume that the ongoing Islamization of the northern Nigeria is a trend without its own ambivalences. Undoubtedly, the Sharia code has resulted in the mass destruction of churches, hotels, brothels, and property of those deemed to be infidels. In addition, many lives have been lost. Many northern states have closed down hotels and banned the sale of alcoholic drinks even within those enclaves where anti-Islamic lifestyles thrive. Military barracks are sites where secular and unpoliced modes of life continue to thrive.
Prolonged militarization erodes the institutions and ethics of civil society in a way that it becomes the thread that holds together what is left of the social fabric. When the Abubakar Abdusalami regime handed over political power, it did so without holding a referendum on the constitution. Elected legislators were only shown the constitution when they were already in office. And for a while, there were competing versions of the constitution in circulation. Consequently, discerning segments of what remains of the Nigerian civil public are still calling for a national conference.