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NIGERIA: CONSTITUTION MAKING HISTORY


Nigeria is a creation of the Constitution. Nigeria grew into an internationally recognised independent and sovereign nation, on 1st October, 1960, after a period of colonialism under the British government which spanned about a century beginning with the formal annexation of Lagos in 1861.

 

Nigeria’s constitutional development history can be divided into two epochs or generations: the colonial or pre-independence epoch –which covers 6 constitutional instruments (1914, 1922, 1946, 1951, 1954 and 1960) and the post-independence constitutional epochs (encompassing 3 instruments - 1963, 1979 and 1999).

 

While each successive pre-independence constitutional instrument was enacted through an order-in-council of the Privy Council under the authority of the British monarch, their post-independence counterparts were enacted in two ways: an Act of parliament (1963 Constitution) and military decree (1979 and 1999).

 

The one ‘Nigeria’ story began in 1914 with the Frederick Lugard Constitution. The 1914 Constitution amalgamated the Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria with the Protectorate of Northern Nigeria under the colonial authority of the British Monarch. The emergent entity was administered under the authority of the British Queen through her appointed agent: a Governor-General.

 

Lord Frederick Lugard was the 1st Governor-General of amalgamated Nigeria. The 1914 Constitution created a Legislative Council of the Colony which was however restricted to making laws for the Colony of Lagos alone, whilst the Governor General made laws for the rest of the country.  
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