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 Form 3 History and Government Lessons on Colonial Administration

Indirect administration as applied in northern nigeria

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Indirect administration as applied in northern Nigeria.
-In Northern Nigeria, the existing emirates with centralized system of administration formed the basis of local governance.
-The Emirs were retained and were to rule under supervision of the British resident officials.
-The British administration was based on the local customs and laws.
-Chiefs chosen by the British were to be acceptable by the local people.
- Local Native Courts operated as per the laws of the land.
-The Emirs were allowed to try cases in their own Muslim courts.
-In 1914, Northern and Southern Nigeria were Brought under one system of administration .
- However Lugard found it hard to apply indirect rule in Southern Nigeria.