MINORITY ISSUES AND THE CREATION OF STATES
- The Major and Minor Ethnic Groups in Nigeria
- Reasons for the Demand of More States
- The Complexity and Endless Nature of State Creation
- The Willinks Commission of Inquiry (1957)
- Solutions to the Minority Problems in Nigeria
The Major and Minor Ethnic Groups in Nigeria
There are three major ethnic groups in Nigeria namely: the Hausa-Fulani, Igbo and Yoruba. The minority ethnic groups are very many and they are scattered across the major ethnic groups. For example, some of the following minority ethnic groups exist in Nigeria: Ijaw, Ibibio, Efik, Urhobo, Kanuri, Tiv, Nupe, etc.
Reasons for the Demand of More States
There have been recurring agitations for the creation of new states and local government in Nigeria. The following are some of the reasons for the demand for new states:
- Ethnic Identity: Some ethnic groups want to be on their own and have their own government.
- Cultural Differences: Due to cultural differences, some ethnic groups desired to have their own states so they can govern themselves based on their culture.
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