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Explain six reasons for the failure of direct rule in Southern Nigeria.

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  1. Did not have a centralized indigenous system of administration
  2. lack of homogeneity in the south because there were many tribes and hence many languages
  3. The British introduced new ideas eg forced labour and taxation for which they were opposed
  4. The failure of the British administrators to understand the socio-economic and political system of Southern Nigeria which was based on the office of the Oba made them give up easily.
  5. Opposition from the educated elite who felt left out of administration of their own coutry/leadership.
  6. Obas of Southern Nigeria had defined powers so when they were given wide ranging the people became disunited/excessive powers made them unpopular.
  7. Misuse of power by the warrant chiefs who raised taxes for their benefit.
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