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Title:States Creation in Nigeria: The Willink Report in Retrospect
Author:Akinyele, R.T.
Year:1996
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:39
Issue:2
Period:September
Pages:71-94
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:federalism
state government
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
Link:http://www.jstor.org/stable/525436
Abstract:The Willink Commission was instituted at the Nigeria constitutional conference in London in September 1957 following disagreement among the delegates on the number of states to be created to eliminate fears of ethnic domination among minorities. The Commission concluded from the evidence before it that the case for new states had not been established. Since independence, however, Nigeria has witnessed five states creation exercises and the Nigerian federation today exists of thirty states. This article assesses Nigeria's states creation experience in the light of the recommendations of the Willink Commission. It argues that the pattern of the evolution of the present thirty states supports the contention of the Willink Commission that states creation cannot completely eliminate minority problems. Each states creation exercise has initiated fresh minority problems by playing up the differences among the communities that were constituted into the new states. These differences were usually either ignored or not sufficiently appreciated before the administrative reorganization. Bibliogr., notes, ref.