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Why The Northern Region Wanted To Break Away From Nigeria In 1954

The history of secession in Nigeria is very clear. Nigeria planned to get their independence by 1954, but the North, fearing the educational and technological advancement of the South vis-a-vis the North, opposed the move for independence and threatened to secede from Nigeria if the independence move succeeds.

Secession is the withdrawal of a group from a larger entity, especially a political entity, but also from any organization, union or military alliance. A secession attempt might be violent or peaceful, but the goal is the creation of a new state or entity independent from the group or territory it seceded from.

It was the Sardauna of Sokoto, leader of the Northern Peoples’ Congress, who first referred to the amalgamation of the Nigerian provinces as “the mistake of 1914”. That was in the early 1950s, when he flagged the secession banner because he felt that Southern politicians were unwilling to understand the attitudes of the Northern elite towards independence.

Reference

https://www.sunnewsonline.com/ndigbo-secession-and-what-they-want/

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/opinion/472370-the-mischief-of-opposing-power-shift-to-the-south-by-jibrin-ibrahim.html

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