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 Form 3 History and Government Lessons on Colonial Administration

Reasons for the use of indirect rule by the british in northern nigeria

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Reasons for the use of indirect rule by the British in northern Nigeria.
a) The system was cost-effective. There was need to reduce the administrative cost by using the local chiefs in administration.
b) Northern Nigeria had communities with a well-organized centralized system of government complete with Islamic sharia.
c) The vastness of the region coupled with the inadequate British administrative work force and Poor transport and communication network made it difficult for the British officials to effectively administer some parts of the region.
d) The system would help dilute African resistances since governance was by local rulers.
e) The method ensured smooth transition from African to British dominion..
f) Indirect rule had been tried successfully in Uganda and India.