Chapter 1* In the fictional African state of Kangan in the late 1980s, the President meets with his Council at government headquarters. * The President's Commissioner for Information, Christopher Oriko, insists the President visit the province of Abazon, but the President angrily refuses. * The other government ministers flatter the President and remind him that he is, after all, the nation's President-for-life. * Eventually the topic returns to Abazon, and the President storms out in a huff. * Moments later, a mass protest gathers outside. * The alarmed President summons his Commissioner for Home Affairs, Professor Okong, described as a politically immoral master of propaganda. * Christopher Oriko, who has known the President since both were schoolboys, reflects on the disturbing changes in his former friend. * The President, a former Army Commander, came to power unexpectedly after a military coup and knew nothing of politics; now, his insecurity and greed for power are making him...
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