The Nigerian council of Lord Lugard

Lord Lugard

The council was created in 1914 after the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates by Lord Lugard. Membership of the council was 24 official and 12 unofficial members. The unofficial members were; 6 Europeans representing commerce, shipping, banking, mining, chambers of commerce and 6 Africans made up of Sultan of Sokoto, Alaafin of Oyo, Emir of Kano, Chief Dogho Numa and a few educated Nigerians from Lagos and Calabar. The officials include members of the executive council, first class residents, political secretaries and secretaries of Southern and Northern provinces. This council was purely an advisory body. It had no power of legislation nor of finance. It was a medium for public opinion and not even an effective one in this regard. Most of the traditional rulers in the council could not see themselves as part of the issues of the council. Even educated Nigerians who were in an unofficial capacity did not play any vital role either. So, in 1922, Sir Huge Clifford succeeded Lord Lugard as the Governor of Nigeria. He abolished the Nigerian council and in its place a new legislative council was set up for the whole of Southern Protectorate. The North was to be governed by proclamation coming from the governor.

The Essential Government by C. C Debie (2003)



9 thoughts on “The Nigerian council of Lord Lugard

  1. Thanks, for this post.
    I was taught in govt. when i was still in secondary school but the explanation is not as much as this.


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