Constitutional Developments in Nigeria: An Analytical Study of Nigeria's Constitution-Making Developments and the Historical and Political Factors That Affected Constitutional Change

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DEFINITION OF TERMS

Tribe

Dr C. K. Meek points out that so far as Africa is concerned the term tribe must rest, in the main, on a linguistic basis. He defines it thus: 'Those people who have a common name for their language and feel themselves to be speaking the same language can be conveniently termed tribes, irrespective of political circumstances.'1

Sub-Tribe

Subdivisions of the tribe may be termed sub-tribes if the difference is dialectical; local groups if it is geographical.2

Traditional Authority

The term as used here refers to the indigenous authority of the tribal chiefs, Emirs or Obas, which not only seeks to integrate tribal with secular sanctions but also lays emphasis upon traditional forms of social and political life.

Nationalism

An act of political consciousness or state of mind primarily concerned with achieving the independence of the country from foreign rule.

Nationalist

A Nationalist is one who publicly advocates the independence of his country from foreign rule. If he advocates immediate transfer of power irrespective of consequences, he is referred to here as a radical nationalist; but if he advocates a gradual transfer of power over a longer period of time, he is referred to here as a moderate nationalist.

Tribal Nationalism

The term tribal nationalism as used here refers to a political

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1
C. K. Meek, The Northern Tribes of Nigeria, vol. 1, Oxford, 1925, p. xv.
2
C. K. Meek, loc. cit.

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