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Amalgamation: Nigeria’s biggest problem?

Nigeria hasn’t always been one country. In fact until Flora Shaw, there wasn’t a “Nigeria” but I will get to that later.

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After the British conquest, Nigeria was divided into colonies with Lord Frederick Lugard as the governor of both the Northern Protectorate and the Protectorate of Southern Nigeria. On the 1st of January 1914, Lugard thought it in all his wisdom and decided it shouldn’t be.

Therefore, he signed a document joining the two, thereby creating the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria. Forty-six years later in 1960, Nigeria became an independent state.

Few reasons were given to back up the decision to join the North and South. Which was economic gains and balance.

The North was poor and wasn’t perform as expected, while the South was rich. As they had more educated people and were making more profit. Also, the south had access to the sea, meanwhile the North didn’t and Lord Frederick Lugard, felt he had to right that wrong. So, he joint both together in other for one to balance the other.

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Years later, different government systems were operative, from the military regimes, to civilian rule. Different constitution put in place, from the 1946 Richard Constitution down to the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, and still nothing seems to work.

Nearly 60 years, as an independent country, Nigeria remains surrounded by uncertainty, corruption, poverty and tribalism. These are the order of the day. Many would say, this is all down to one move, the move to amalgamate Nigeria. They believe things would have been different if things were left as they were.

106 years after the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorate, Nigerians live in abject poverty, with selfish leaders, who care next to nothing for their fellow Nigerians.

So I ask is the amalgamation by Lord Lugard to blame???

Tell me your thoughts on the comments section.

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