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          The study reveal the Ethno Regional Politics in Nigeria between the periods 1960-1966, of which politics at the domestic level was determined by ethnicity because the regions were carved along ethnic lines, the Yoruba of the West, the Hausa of the North and the Igbo of the East. This accounted for the power tussles among the various political parties that emerged immediately after independence. The study also showed that, despite the fact that the politics of Nigeria during the period was drawn along ethnic lines. Nigeria party politics has been polluted by ethnic chauvinism. This problem  is  one  of  the  major  qualms  confronting the  progress  of  liberal democracy in Nigeria since 1960, to the extent that ethnic sentiment has gradually crept in to find a place in every faced of Nigerian political activity. Ethnic sentiment has been one of the factors responsible for most of the inefficiencies and low productivity in Nigeria. The major focus of this paper is to trace the historical origin, growth and development of ethnicity and the effects it has had on post-colonial governance in Nigeria. In the findings of this paper, it was discovered that ethnic sentiment was deliberately introduced and propagated in the polity by the British colonial government to realize colonial and imperialist economic and political objectives. It was also found that since the end of colonialism in 1960, Nigeria has carried forward the spirit of ethnicity into the post-colonial Nigeria; this vice has been discovered to have been responsible for most of the political, administrative, economic, social and cultural maladies in Nigeria. At the concluding remark, it is suggested that, indigene-settle phenomenon should be strong discouraged while the Federal Character principles be genuinely implemented at the federal, state and local government levels in other to remove the age long ethnic unrest in the governance of Nigeria.


TITLE PAGE                                                                                   i

CERTIFICATION                                                                          ii

DEDICATION                                                                                 iii

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT                                                              iv

ABSTRACT                                                                                    vii

TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                viii


1.1     Background of the Study                                                                  1

1.2     Aims and Objective of the study                                             5

1.3     Scope of the Study                                                                            6

1.4     Review of Literature                                                                6

1.5     Methodology                                                                           14

1.6     Significance of the Study                                                                  14


2.1     Causes and Manifestation of Contemporary Ethno-nationalism      16

2.2     Pre-Independence Political Setting                                          26

2.3     National Head Count 1962/1963                                            28

2.4     Political parties in Historical Perspective                                31

2.5     Ethnics Politics in Post-colonial Nigeria 1960-1966               38

2.6     Ethnicity and Party Organization                                            41

2.7     Conclusion                                                                              44


CHAPTER THREE: THE EFFECT OF ETHNICITY                          45

3.1     The effects of Ethnicity on Post-colonial Governance in Nigeria45

3.2     Meaning and Characteristics of Nigeria Political System                  49

3.3      Determinant of Political Party Formation and membership Composition                                                                                               53

3.4     Multiplication of Parties in Nigeria                                         56

3.5     Conclusion                                                                              59

CHAPTER FOUR: ETHNO REGIONAL POLITICS AND THE NIGERIA STATE                                                                                                61

4.1     Ethnic Politics and Foreign policy                                           61

4.2     Economy and Foreign Policy                                                  66

4.3     Constitutional Basis for Revenue allocation in the First Republic71

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION                           74

5.1     Summary                                                                                 74

5.2     Conclusion                                                                              76

BIBLIOGRAPHY                                                                           78

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Samuel, A (2018). ETHNO REGIONAL POLITICS IN NIGERIA 1960-1966. Retrieved May 08, 2021, from

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Ayomide, Samuel. "ETHNO REGIONAL POLITICS IN NIGERIA 1960-1966" (2018). Accessed May 08, 2021.