The relationship between intellectuals and society has been and remains a troubled and troubling one. What should their roles be? What should be their relationship with political class and the rulers? Watch dogs, gadflies, change agents, critics, advisors, collaborators, associates? Should they engage or should they just watch from the safe comfort of the sidelines? When they engage, are they jointly liable for the errors of the administrations they serve or served in? Can intellectuals engage and still come out with clean hands?
Jimanze Ego-Alowes explores this difficult subject here using the roles intellectuals have played in the troubled history of Nigeria to argue his case.