Nigeria - national flag
Nigeria - National Flag, The flag was first officially launched in 1960. It
is designed by a Nigerian student who won the competition to design a national
flag. The green color stands for arable farming, the white symbolizes peace and
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Nigeria - history
Nigeria - history, For approximately 7,000 years ago, farmers who were
possibly Bantu people settled in the central highlands of Nigeria. In this area
the Nok culture flourished for approximately 500 BC-200 AD North African and Islamic
influence in northern Nigeria formed the basis for the first state formation,
the largest in 1000-t. were Kanem-Bornu and the Hausa States. The realms
benefited from trade through the Sahara, including gold, leather, salt and
In the early 1800's. led Usman dan Fodio of
the Fulani-dominated Sokotokalifat holy war, jihad, against the Hausa
states, where Muslim administration was introduced in many places. In southern
Nigeria, the Ibbo people were able to withstand invasion attempts from the north
and west, and in the SV, Yoruba in the 900-t. established a state in Ife that
flourished approximately From 1000 to 1400.
In the late 1400-t. the Portuguese arrived on the coast of Nigeria and thus
began the transatlantic trade in slaves, and after the British in the 1600's. had
come to the country, they played from the 1700's. a leading role in the slave
trade. Britain initiated the colonization of Nigeria in 1861, declaring Lagos
and later the Yoruba states to be protectorates. After the Berlin Conference
of 1884-85, the British conquered southern Nigeria and 1901-06 the north. In
1906, the Protectorates of Lagos and the Niger Coast were merged into a Southern
Protectorate, and in 1914 the Northern and Southern Protectorate were united to
Nigeria; Africa's largest population colony.
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After World War II, the demand for independence grew, and in 1947 the British
expanded the so-called Native Authorities' authority and divided the
colony into three regions with their own regional councils. In 1944, Benjamin
Azikiwe co-founded the Eastern Nigerian, ibodominated National Council for
Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC), and in 1950 the Western-based Action Group
(AG) was formed with Obafemi Awolowo as leader; Abubakar Balewa was co-founder
of the Northern People's Congress (NPC) in 1951.
The political debate in Nigeria concerned the strength of the three regions
in relation to a central power; the densely populated north and the relatively
affluent west wanted regional autonomy, while the NCNC, which represented the
relatively poor eastern region, wanted a strong central power. After the 1959
elections, the largest party, the NPC, formed a coalition government with the
NCNC. The coalition led Nigeria to independence as a constitutional monarchy in
1960; 1.10.1963 Nigeria was transformed into a republic with Benjamin Azikiwe as
Despite a powerful position in the Third World, Nigeria was weakened by
internal, constitutional and regional political problems. Thus, Western Nigeria
and Party AG were without real influence, and the NPC/NCNC's attempt to
exploit a split in AG in 1962 as well as the formation of a Midwest region in
1963 destabilized the western part of Nigeria and weakened the credibility of
the federal government. In 1964 and 1965, corruption, rising food prices and
social inequality led to unrest and general strikes.
On January 15, 1966, the military took power under the leadership of the
ibogen general Aguiyi-Ironsi (1924-66). Later that year, he was assassinated and
replaced by Lieutenant Colonel Yakubu Gowon, who hails from Northern
Nigeria. The residents of eastern Nigeria rejected the new regime, and in May
1967, their leaders declared the area independent under the name Republic of
Biafra. After a violent civil war, the Biafra War, which lasted until January
1970, Biafra again became part of Nigeria. It is assumed that approximately 1.5
million Biafranians died during the war, especially from hunger.
After the Biafra war, junta leader Yakuba Gowon was successful in his
national reconciliation process, but his economic policy was a failure. Despite
promises of civilian rule, Gowon declared in 1970 that the military would remain
in power indefinitely. In 1975, he was overthrown by a military coup under the
leadership of Murtala Ramat Muhammad (1938-76). Muhammad initiated a crusade
against corruption and more than 10,000 public servants were charged or
fired. In 1976, Muhammad was assassinated during a coup where his deputy,
Lieutenant General Olusegun Obasanjo, took power.
In 1979 elections were held. Alhaji Shehu Shagari and his party National
Party of Nigeria (NPN) got a good election and Shagari became president; the
military withdrew from power. The corruption and the chaotic economic situation
continued, and the fall in oil prices in the 1980's caused Nigeria's economy to
collapse. At the same time, tensions in the north grew, with violent riots
costing many lives.
On New Year's Eve 1983, the military regained power. Major General Muhamad
Buhari became a new military leader, but his authoritarian rule did not help the
country's situation, and in 1985 General Ibrahim Babangida took power. Under his
rule, with the support of the International Monetary Fund, several structural
adjustments were made that led to social tensions and widespread unrest in 1989
as well as a subsequent coup attempt in 1990 that sharpened the contradictions
between the predominantly Muslim north and the Christian south in particular.
The hope of a return to civilian rule was strengthened by the 1992
parliamentary elections, with only two parties participating. The winner of the
election became the Social Democratic Party (SPD) under the leadership of
Mushood Abiola (1937-98). The presidential election the following year had
Abiola as the winner, but the regime canceled the election in June, and in
November Babangida handed over the government to General Sani Abacha (1943-98),
who placed Abiola in house arrest. After Abacha's death, the regime deployed
General Abdulsalam Abubakar (b. 1942) as the new head of state. Shortly
thereafter, Abiola died in her house arrest, causing violent riots. In February
1999, Olusegun Obasanjo won the presidential election, scheduled as the final
step in the transition to civilian rule.
The transition to civilian rule in 1999 has not provided the country's hope
for stability. Instead, the ethnic and religious conflicts that were suppressed
during the military dictatorship have been able to unfold more freely, and
thousands have lost their lives in bloody clashes around the country. In
addition, the balance of the traditional conflict between the Muslim north and
the predominantly Christian south has shifted as power has shifted from the
military, with northern Nigerians, especially Hausa, dominating,
to Christian Olusegun Obasanjo, Christian, Yoruba and from southern Nigeria.
Islamic legislation has been introduced in several of the states in Northern
Nigeria. It has caused many Christians to flee, and there has been a great deal
of international focus on Nigeria in court cases where women have been sentenced
to death for adultery by Islamic courts. ultimately will be denied by the
federal courts, is yet to be clarified.
Obasanjo was re-elected in 2003, but on charges of electoral fraud. However,
the attempt to amend the constitution so that Obasanjo could stand for a third
term was rejected by the Senate. At the April 2007 presidential
election, Umaru defeated Yar'Adua of Obasanjo's ruling People's Democratic
Party. Also in connection with this election, there were charges of widespread
electoral fraud both from the opposition and from international observers.
Nigeria has in recent years claimed its position as one of Africa's most
dominant states, including through its commitment to the West African
Cooperation Organization ECOWAS and the delivery of peacekeeping forces in
several of the region's troubled countries. Within the country's borders, there
are still frequent violent clashes between various ethnic, religious and
political groups. Thus, about 100 people were killed during battles between ijaw
and its security in Delta State in 2003; in 2004, several hundred Muslims were
killed by Christians in Plateau State, which sparked revenge on Christians in
predominantly Muslim Kano State. Several times there have also been clashes
between the military and militant rebels or criminal gangs in the oil fields.
At the same time, however, it is the longest period of democracy and civilian
rule Nigeria has enjoyed since independence, and the country is experiencing
economic progress, both through debt restructuring and rising oil prices.
In 2010, Umaru Yar'Adua died and Goodluck Jonathan took office. At the 2011
election, he won office.
The Islamist militant group Boko Haram, established in 2002, has since 2009
been behind several violent episodes in the country especially against
Christians. Several thousands have been killed and hundreds of young girls have
been abducted, many of whom have been sold as slaves. The government was
criticized for inactivity, which contributed to Goodluck Jonathan surprisingly
losing the 2015 presidential election to Muhammad Buhari.