ETHNIC POLITICS AND CONFLICTS IN NIGERIA’S FIRST REPUBLIC: THE MISUSE OF LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE POLICE FORCES (NAPFS) AND THE TIV RIOTS OF CENTRAL NIGERIA,1960-1964.
Prof Vaaseh Godwin Aondonhemba (Published 2017)
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The Tiv are the largest single ethnic group in the Middle Benue Basin in Central Nigeria. They are the majority ethnic group in the present Benue State, Nigeria where they are found in fourteen Local Government Areas. The Tiv are estimated to number about five million people and about three million out of this number live in Benue State. (Okpeh,2007:2). The rest of them are found in considerable numbers in Southern Taraba State, parts of Nassarawa State, Plateau and Cross River States. At the attainment of independence, Nigeria was divided into three regions representing the three major ethnic groups namely the North (Hausa-Fulani), the East (Igbo) and the West (Yoruba).The group of politicians that emerged at the attainment of independence had the massive support of their ethnic groups and political parties. In the North, the Northern People’s Congress (NPC) had a large Hausa/Fulani following with Alhaji Tafawa Balewa as the leader. In the West, the Action Group (A.G.) had a massive Yoruba following with Chief Obafemi Awolowo as the leader, while in the East, it was the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroon’s (N.C.N.C) with a large Igbo followership headed by Dr.Nnnamdi Azikwe. In the Middle Belt, it was the United Middle Belt Congress (UMBC) a minority Tiv party with large followership led by Mr. Joseph Sarwuan Tarka (Aper,2003:322).
|Item Type:||Journal article(non-copyrighted)|
|Format:||PDF document, 391.9 KB|
|Keywords:||Ethnic Politics and Conflicts in Nigeria’s First Republic: The Misuse of Local Administrative Police Forces (NAPFS) and the Tiv Riots of Central Nigeria,1960-1964.|
|Department:||History and International Studies|
|Field of Study:||History|
|Uploaded By:||Aimomoh Joseph Inofe|
|Date Added:||06 Mar 2019 2:38pm|
|Last Modified:||06 Mar 2019|
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