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...
On Saturday, 29th May (1999), new democratically elected governments were inaugurated in Abuja as well as the established 36 states of the federation. This marked an end to the well over 15 years of continuous military rule from 1985-1999. The structure was a presidential system comprising of an executive president and 36 state governors. Also … Continue reading Democracy Day Special: What is The Nigerian Dream?
President Muhammadu Buhari this morning unfolded his government’s plan for a comprehensive rollout and investments in roads, rail and power infrastructure in the country. The high points of the speech include his stance on the popular topic of restructuring. He however urges Nigerians not to blame the current structure for the present situation but the processes. He also vows to deal with the bad oil marketers and finally reinstated that the dreaded terrorist sect, Boko haram, has already been defeated. The president made the following remarks in his nationwide broadcast to Nigerians with the central idea of intimating Nigerians on the efforts that are being made by his administration to address the huge infrastructure deficit ravaging the nation.
Individuals carry depressions everywhere around us without being noticed. Let's begin from the work place: where a worker who earns peanuts (18,000 minimum wage for instance) is in the position to feed a family of 7 and above. I mean no one would be happy in such condition knowing fully well that he has to ‘bread-win’ his family on debts and alms. A clear indication of how your take home can’t take you home.
Broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari on October 1st, 2017 My dear Nigerians, October 1st remains a special date for all Nigerians as this marks the day when we attained one of the most precious of human desires — freedom. Over the years the country has gone through trials and tribulations, but October 1 st is … Continue reading Independence Day Specials: Full Text of the President’s Speech.
The Northern Expedition: How the North Fell. Regularly, the British expeditions often starts from a water based area. The North wasn't an exception. Lokoja (in the present day Kogi) was the start point in 1867. As usual, a consulate was established. The British interest in the trade of along the Niger, the United African Company … Continue reading Independence Day Specials: The Chronicles of British Expeditions in Nigeria. (III)
The Niger-Delta/Biafra Expedition and How the Rest of the South was Conquered Although Lagos was the first place the British conquered, it appeared that there was also a concomitant push going on in the South South of what is today called 'Nigeria' as at the same time when Lagos was been bombarded. The interference also … Continue reading Independence Day Specials: The Chronicles of British Expeditions in Nigeria (II).
In 1862, shortly after the abolition of slave trade off the Atlantic coast of Lagos and after gaining full dominance, in the order that they wade off potential hijackers (French and Portuguese Government), the British administration employed the use of force and guns on the Lagoon. This move eventually compelled the then King of Lagos: … Continue reading Independence Day Specials: The Chronicles of the British Expeditions in Nigeria [I]
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