The Mistake of 1914

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Eric Teniola
1914 amalgamation

By Eric Teniola

I HAVE just finished reading a book: What Britain  Did To Nigeria by Max Siollun, who is an authority on issues that affect Nigeria. Mr Siollun has written several books on Nigeria, including Soldiers Of Fortune, Nigeria Politics from Buhari to Babangida and Nigeria’s Soldiers of Fortune-The Abacha and Obasanjo Years.

Expectedly his latest book: What Britain Did To Nigeria  is very educative and informative, the 390page book is published by C.Hurst & Co.(Publishers) Ltd.

One of the articles in the book which caught my attention is titled “The Mistake of 1914”. The article summarises what one should know about Nigeria on the amalgamation that took place in 1914. Mr Siollun declared: “Perhaps no question makes Nigerians disagree as much as why Britain created their country.

Nigerians looking for deeper meaning for their country’s existence may be disappointed to find that there was none. Nigeria’s existence is little more than the…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper