African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 187


States creation since 1967: An imperative of the military contribution to nation-building in Nigeria

David D. Yongo
Department of History and Strategic Studies, Federal University, Dutin-Ma, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Received: 06 June 2014
  •  Accepted: 16 February 2015
  •  Published: 31 March 2015


The structural defects in the creation of the Nigerian state by the colonialists which suited their interest of continued subjugation and exploitation of Nigeria were inherited by the civilian leadership. This class that appropriated state power to further their economic interest played down the prospects of nation-building. It is against this background that this work assesses the role of the military in tackling the problem of nation-building in Nigeria through state creation as an imperative.
Key words: State creation, nation-building, colonial, Nigeria.