Global Issues


During the period from 1900 to 2000, Nigeria experienced significant global issues that had a profound impact on its development and trajectory. One of the key events during this time was the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914, which marked the consolidation of diverse ethnic groups and territories into one entity. This amalgamation had lasting significance as it shaped the socio-political landscape of the country for years to come.

The early phase from 1900 to 1914 was characterized by British colonial rule and the imposition of indirect rule, which laid the foundation for the country's administration. The later phase from 1914 to 1960 witnessed Nigeria's journey towards independence, culminating in the birth of the First Republic in 1960. However, this period also saw the emergence of ethnic tensions and political instability, setting the stage for future challenges.

The coups d'├ętat, military rule, civil war, and subsequent reconstruction from 1966 to 1975 marked a turbulent era in Nigerian history. The military administrations, including the Murtala/Obasanjo regime of 1975-1979, shaped the country's governance structure and policies. The Second Republic from 1979 to 1983 briefly restored civilian rule before the return of military regime under the Buhari/Idiagbon regime from 1983 to 1984.

The Ibrahim Babangida regime from 1985 to 1993 ushered in significant economic reforms but also faced criticism for human rights abuses. The Interim National Government and Abacha regime from 1993 to 1998 were marred by political repression and international isolation. The transition to the Fourth Republic and the subsequent Olusegun Obasanjo administration signaled a return to civilian governance but also highlighted the persistent challenges of corruption, poverty, and youth unemployment.

Nigeria's involvement in international organizations such as the United Nations Organization (U.N.O.), the Commonwealth of Nations, the Organization of African Unity (O.A.U)/African Union (A.U.), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) offered avenues for diplomatic engagement and collaboration on regional and global issues. These organizations played a crucial role in shaping Nigeria's foreign policy and fostering international relations.

The socio-political challenges faced by Nigeria in the 20th century, including religious crises, terrorism, racism, debt relief, and international aid, underscored the complex dynamics of the country's development. Additionally, Nigeria's participation in peacekeeping missions and its involvement in arms control and nuclear science initiatives reflected its commitment to global peace and security.

Overall, the period from 1900 to 2000 was marked by a series of transformative events that shaped Nigeria's modern history. By examining the various phases, leaders, and global issues that influenced the country during this time, we can gain a deeper understanding of Nigeria's evolution and its role in the international community.


  1. Discuss Nigeria's involvement in international organizations and its impact on global relations
  2. Explore the socio-political challenges faced by Nigeria in the 20th century
  3. Examine the different phases of Nigerian history from 1900 to 2000
  4. Critically assess the role of various Nigerian leaders during this period
  5. Evaluate the impact of coups, military rule, and civil war on Nigeria's development
  6. Understand the global issues that impacted Nigeria from 1900 to 2000
  7. Analyze the significance of the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914

Lesson Note

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, has been significantly involved in global relations and international organizations through the 20th century. This document aims to shed light on Nigeria's participation in international fora and the socio-political challenges it encountered from 1900 to 2000. We will also discuss the phases of Nigerian history, the role of various leaders, the impact of military rule and civil war, and the landmark event of the amalgamation in 1914.

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  1. What global event significantly impacted Nigeria's economy in the early 20th century? A. World War I B. Industrial Revolution C. French Revolution D. American Civil War Answer: A. World War I
  2. Which international organization played a vital role in Nigeria's decolonization process? A. United Nations (U.N.) B. World Health Organization (WHO) C. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) D. European Union (EU) Answer: A. United Nations (U.N.)
  3. During which Nigerian phase did the country face socio-political challenges due to post-independence conflicts? A. The First Republic, 1960-1966 B. Interim National Government And Abacha Regime, 1993-1998 C. The Second Republic, 1979-1983 D. The Ibrahim Babangida Regime, 1985-1993 Answer: A. The First Republic, 1960-1966
  4. What was a significant impact of military rule and coups on Nigeria's governance system? A. Improved democracy B. Economic stability C. Political instability D. Social welfare Answer: C. Political instability
  5. Which leader played a crucial role in the transition to the Fourth Republic in Nigeria? A. Murtala Mohammed B. Ibrahim Babangida C. Olusegun Obasanjo D. Sani Abacha Answer: C. Olusegun Obasanjo

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