Misconception, Distortion of History Plague of Political Growth in Nigeria–Center
Director of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Arewa House Historical Documentation and Research Center Zaria, Dr. Shuaibu Shehu Aliyu, said misconceptions and distortion of history are major factors affecting growth country policy.
He said that it is not true that the British created Nigeria but that the British created regions basically to divide Nigeria which they achieved along regional lines.
Dr. Aliyu said this during a preparatory press conference for the center’s third series of lectures which he said was scheduled for September 10, 2022 with the theme; “Contemporary Nigerian Politics and the Ghost of the Politics of Independence Struggles”. He said the lecture would be given by Professor Alkasim Abba from the History Department of Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.
He said the topic has become imperative given the country’s breakup agitations and political developments that took place during the independence struggle.
“There is a lot of confusion, contradictions and misconceptions about history, so as an authority and a learned scholar in history, the speaker should come and dispel the misconception in the political history of Nigeria, regarding the issue of regionalism that arose and how the British manipulated it to achieve certain goals.
“The issue of regionalism always shows up in the analysis of the country’s political debate, so far people are still talking about regionalism and why the British, the Richards Constitution is the constitution that provided for regional government, they are planning to divide the country across religion and ethnicities, so the essence of the lecture is to dispel the misconception.
“Nigeria is one entity, it was not the British who created Nigeria, the British created the regions to divide us, they succeeded in dividing us along an ethnic and religious line, the lesson is to make us understand that Nigeria is one entity,” he said.
Speakers include scholarly political scientists such as Dr. Auwal Auwal and the conference will be chaired by ABU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kabir Bala.