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 Form 3 History and Government Lessons on Colonial Administration

Why indirect rule applied in southern nigeria was not successful

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Answer Text:
Why indirect rule was not successful applied in southern Nigeria.
a) Southern Nigeria lacked a centralized indigenous system of administration.
b) The south had many ethnic groups, many languages and many disparities in customs, which denied it the homogeneity.
c) The southern people were infuriated by the British introduction of new concepts like forced labour and direct taxes.
d) The British did not give themselves time to understand the operation of the social, political and economic systems of the people of southern Nigeria.
e) The educated elites in the south felt left out of the administration of their own country in
favour of the illiterate appointees of the British.


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