Things Fall Apart: Nigeria on the Edge of Division

Things fall apart! And the center can no longer hold; troubles in the North; crisis in the South. Like the discussions from the other day, ‘Heltering and skeltering’ is the new order of the day. Who will pull out the sword of justice out of its resting scabbard?


Ministerial List: Potential Partners Felicitates with Aregbesola.

Potential Partners, as inspired by Omooba Akintola Falade, has so appreciated his selection. Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola's new era as a minister in the Muhammadu Buhari cabinet will be another medium to continue his lasting impacts.

Tribes and Culture: The Ebira Community

General Introduction Ebira language, as a language, is spoken by about one million people majorly found in Kogi State, Nigeria. Ebira people relates to an ethnolinguistic group of Nigeria that are basically found in Kogi and parts of the neighboring North Central states like Kwara, Nasarawa, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. They are also … Continue reading Tribes and Culture: The Ebira Community

Npfl Updates: 2018/19 Pre Season Preparations.

The 2018/19 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season will kick off on the 1st December. All the league giants are bracing up to the task. Stadiums are getting renovated; teams are getting reinforced and, of course, managers are moving in and out. Indeed, the fans cant wait for the actions. As usual, this column gives … Continue reading Npfl Updates: 2018/19 Pre Season Preparations.

Feature: Ekiti State to Get Its Youngest Candidate Ever as JAFF Declares.

Towards the birth of a new Ekiti, there arise a new entrant into the political atmosphere with a positive chant for a Novel beginning. Ekiti state so far still seem to be lagging among peers and thus needs a meritorious revolution. True power must return to the masses. It is in this light that a … Continue reading Feature: Ekiti State to Get Its Youngest Candidate Ever as JAFF Declares.


Lugard created provincial courts manned entirely by British political officers. He stripped appeal cases from the native courts to the British courts and stopped lawyers from practicing in courts. Of course, thjis dint go well with the people and thus a revolt. 1920s and 1930s were well known for revolts almost everywhere in the Southern Nigeria. In the East, chief amongst the revolts was the Aba women riot of 1929 targetted against the imposing of direct taxes.


The Alaafin of Oyo and other kings of same status as at then had a similar kind of status to the Northern Kings (emirs). As well with limited powers and authority, the Yoruba Oba had no claim to being the sole controller of the native authority with no direct tax collection too. It was foreseen that this method will crash in a decentralized setting like Yoruba. But the British authority defied the warnings to impose it. The british set up was working against the traditional democratic system the people were used to before colonialisation. The new system excluded the educated elites from having says in the government. It was sure the system wont work. The imposition dint come without consequences though.


The system of indirect rule developed by Lugard and his successors in the Fulani Emirates was equally applied throughout the rest of the Nigeria area of Nigeria. While it was largely successful in the Caliphate, it fell short in the non-muslim states. The caliphate had a smooth tradition of centralization of authority and a regular tax collection strategy as against the other neighbouring states whose kings had limited powers and taxation controls. Tivland, for example, had no paramount chief in control; it made use of councils of elders for administration until 1937.


May be or not Lugard knew about this complexity. It was claimed that he personally discouraged the real union of the North and the South by emphasizing more on the differences than the similarities in divisions. This had continuously encouraged the plague as we still witness in the Nigeria politicking of today. In the bid to minimize spending and less use of foreign manpower, Lugard first employed the use of the Indirect rule for the governing of both North and South. The system met stumbling blocs at various levels. Became successful in some parts and a total failure in some other parts. The Establishment of Indirect Rule. Learn more...