Secession and Self-Determination in Nigeria

  • Dele Babalola
Part of the Federalism and Internal Conflicts book series (FEINCO)


This chapter focuses on how the unequal distribution of Nigeria’s wealth has contributed to the fear of marginalisation, which has resulted in conflicts and ultimately, political instability. The chapter discusses the series of the threat of secession and agitations for self-determination, as well as the actual attempt by the then Eastern Region, populated mainly by the Igbo ethnic group to secede. Discussing the civil war also contributes to our understanding of the part the war economy played in the excessive centralisation that presently characterises the federal system.


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  • Dele Babalola
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  1. 1.Department of International Relations and DiplomacyBaze UniversityAbujaNigeria

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