On this day, February 3 in 1976, General Murtala Mohammed became the second leader to split Nigeria into states. This time, Murtala created seven states to bring Nigeria to a total of nineteen states. These seven states are Ondo, Ogun, Oyo, Imo, Gongola, Bauchi and Niger States.
In doing this, the North Eastern State was divided into Bauchi, Gongola, and Borno states. The Western State gave birth to Oyo, Ogun and Ondo while Imo was extracted from the East Central State.
This was a historical moment in Nigeria’s history, and sadly, it happened ten days to the assassination of Gen. Murtala Mohammed on the 13th of February, 1976.
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