This is part of a broadcast I got
“Only 6 Nigerians Signed The Amalgamation Document In 1914, namely:*
1.HRH Maiturare Sarkin Mussulumi and Sultan of Sokoto
2. Usuman Dan Maje who later became Emir of Kano
3. Sir Kitoyi Ajasa a lawyer
4. HRH Oladugbolu Alaafin of Oyo
5. HRH R Henshaw (Obong of Calabar)
6. Abubakar Shehu of Borno
The location of the signing of d amalgamation document was Zungeru
There were 6 people and the rest of the 22 were British.
The Edict expired in 2014.”
I have an issue with this broadcast sent to me above.
- That there is an impression that
without these Nigerian signatures the Amalgamation would not have happened.
- That there is an expiry date in an apparent Amalgamation Agreement which apparently lasted 100 years.
My question is, was the Amalgamation an agreement/contract that was to be signed by various parties – especially by the names above?
Or was it a proposal supported by a report that needed to be signed off for implementation by parliament.
The amalgamation of Nigeria was an administrative process proposed mainly for the economic advantages to suit the colonisers !
There were three separate administrations – The Southern Protectorate, The Northern Protectorate and Lagos colony.
In a private letter to his brother Ned, written in 1900 Lord Lugard said that “the three Nigerias had surely to be amalgamated one day and that to be charged with this was the assignment he would dearly love”
These entities were already controlled and “protected” by the British, so why did they need any Nigerians signature? Nigeria had already been colonised!
I still have not seen one contract / agreement that states the amalgamation has an expiry of 100 years.
But I have seen a report which essentially is a series of surveys taken across the country by Lord Lugard and his brother Ned Lugard to justify the rationale behind amalgamation sooner rather than later.
I doubt if any Nigerian was needed to sign any “agreement” as the British were already in charge and decisions made regarding colonies were made by the Crown/Parliament.