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Published online: 15 Apr Published online: 5 Oct Akindele et al. Journal of Social Sciences Volume 6, - Issue 4. Regionalism was introduced to the Nigeria system by the Richards Constitution.


Federalism is a system of government in which governmental powers that exists in a country are shared between central government and component region. It is also defined as the system of government in which governmental powers are shared between the central government, i. Bernard Bourdillon the Governor-general at that time initiated and laid the foundation of federalism in Nigeria in by creating three provinces.

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He later handed over the constitution to his successor Arthur Richards and it became the Richards Constitution of At the beginning of formal British indirect rule in , Nigeria was divided into two regions: Northern and Southern, both of which were divided into provinces. From to , the number of regions was increased to three through both acquisition of territories and partition from existing provinces.

However, while native-born chiefs and clerks were appointed to govern the provinces, the regions were governed by the British-appointed colonial authorities, and such regions were made dependent upon the colonial authorities for martial law, manpower and management of resources. With the approach of independence, power over the regions was given to Nigerian-born citizens, and regional legislatures were established.