Saturday, 24 October 2015

Would Hugh Clifford repeat these December 1920 comments on Nigeria today?

In December 1920, Hugh Clifford, the British conquest and occupation governor in Nigeria, makes the following contribution to a “Legislative Council Debate, Lagos”:
[Nigeria is a] collection of Independent … States, separated from one another by great distances, by differences of history and traditions and by … racial … political, social and religious barrier.[1]
(Hugh Clifford)
Today, Saturday 24 October 2015, 95 years on, would Hugh Clifford conceivably make these same assertions? If so, why? If not, why not?

(Sonny Rollins Trio, “The freedom suite” [personnel: Rollins, tenor saxophone; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Max Roach, drums; recorded: Riverside Records, New York, US, 7 March 1958])


[1]Quoted in George CE Enyoazu, “Sovereign National Conference – Will the people have their say at last?”, African Democrat, 30 October 2013.

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