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SOME PITFALLS & LANDMINES;  WHY NNAMDI AZIKIWE  WANTED THE UNITED NATIONS TO SUPERVISE THE 1964 FEDERAL ELECTIONS

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REMINISCENCES SOME PITFALLS & LANDMINES WHY NNAMDI AZIKIWE  WANTED THE UNITED NATIONS TO SUPERVISE THE 1964 FEDERAL ELECTIONS There were in existence, sets of factors and forces operating in Nigeria even before the evolution of the nation through an arrangement conceived and nurtured by the British colonialists, that eventually led to the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates by the administration of Lord Lugard in 1914.  The historical standpointshows that Nigeria consists of about 4,000 ethnic groups speaking about 250 languages and dialects. It would therefore be naturally expected that the goals, aspirations and conducts of the different peoples of the country would differ from one place to the other and from one region to the other. It is apparent that those who nursed the birth of Nigeria did so without necessarily considering differences in cultures, traditions, educational advancements, and other human factors.  In this edition, TERRIFIC HEADLINES highlights some of these issues with the major objective of promoting discourse for the emergence of a greater Nigeria. It is an extract from the publication titled: GOVERNANCE: An Insider’s Reflections on the Nigerian Polity authored by FEMI ADELEGAN. It is simply based on the consideration that we must look at the past to avoid running into the same landmines to be able to chart a glorious future for our dear country. UNITED IN PURSUIT OF INDEPENDENCE By and large, Nigeria and her political elites of the pre-independence era were bonded by a common resolve to gain independence for the country and take over political governance from the colonialists.  This could be seen from the divergent opinions of the early nationalists on how to achieve these common objective uniting the ethnical segmented groups and interests.  The quest for independence greatly patched up political dis-equilibrium and also suppressed, to a very significant extent, internal instability and differences between opinion leaders and politicians in the country.  The various constitutional conferences held in Nigeria and London at various times in the 1950s all point in the direction of a group united in purpose and principle, but dis-united in the modalities and dates proposed for the attainment of independence for Nigeria.It was clear that there were reservations by some political elements and their parties on the ability of the electoral umpires to hold a free and fair election, hence the disturbing signals which pervaded the entire political climate of the country. There were strident calls…

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