Historical Records In Nigeria

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The records of the Nigerian Secretariat, otherwise known as the Chief Secretary’s Office (CSO), occupy about 600 metres of shelving space. This includes records of the following bodies:
British Consulate, Lagos (1849-1860)
Government House, Lagos (1865-1958)

Colonial Secretary’s Office, Lagos (1865-1916)
Oil Rivers, Niger Coast Protectorate and Southern Nigeria Secretariat, Calabar (1891-1906)
Northern Provinces Secretariat, Zungeru and Kaduna (1900-1921)
Southern Provinces Secretariat, Lagos and Enugu (1914-1938)
Chief Secretary’s Office, Lagos (1921-1958)

CSO 1: Despatches. These are the bound volumes of high-level correspondence between Governors, High Commissioners, and administrators on the one hand, and the Colonial and Foreign Offices on the other. These are a crucial holding of the archives since they represent an unbroken documentation of British colonial administration in Nigeria in the 100 years before 1960.

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The major series of despatches include:

Colony of Lagos

Despatches to the Colonial Office (63 volumes: 1861-1906)
Despatches from the Colonial Office (115 volumes: 1869-1906)
Oil Rivers, Niger Coast Protectorate, and Southern Nigeria
Despatches to the Foreign Office and Colonial Office (40 volumes, 1891-1906)
Despatches from the Foreign Office and Colonial Office (49 volumes, 1891-1906)
Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria
Despatches to the Colonial Office (72 volumes, 1907-13)
Despatches from the Colonial Office (71 volumes, 1907-13)

26th May 1967 Lt. Col. Ojukwu convened a meeting of Elders
30th May 1967 Lt. Col. Ojukwu declared the Rep. of Biafra
6th July 1967 First shell was fired over the Biafra region and the war started
11th Aug. 1967 Biafrans took control of the mid-west

22nd Sept. 1967 Brigadier Banjo, Col. Ifeajunna and Major Phillip were tried and sentenced to death
Oct. 1967 Biafran forces blow up the newly constructed Niger bridge after crossing to Asaba.
Jan. 27th 1968 Biafra new currency was introduced
18th Sept. 1968 Owerri fell to the Nigerian forces

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3rd, 15th April 1969 Biafrans took possession of Owerri, Umuahia fell to the Nigerian forces
March 1969 Ojukwu was promoted to the rank of General
Jan 1970 Biafran delegates in Lagos for peace talks
16th Jan 1970 Gowon received unconditional surrender from the Biafrans.

Dan Ali Minister of Defence Zamfara
Barr James Ocholi Minister of State, Labour & Employment Kogi
Zainab Ahmed Minister of State Budget and National Planning Kaduna
Okechukwu Enelamah Minister of Trade, Investment & Industry Abia
Mustapha Baba Shehuri Minister of State, Power Bornu
Mohammed Bello Minister of Federal Capital Territory Adamawa
Aisha Abubakar Minister of State, Trade & Investment Sokoto
Heineken Lokpobiri Minister of State, Agriculture Bayelsa
Adamu Adamu Minister of Health Osun
Isaac Adewole Mines and Steel Development Katsina
Abubakar Bawa Bwari Minister of State, Solid Minerals Niger
Pastor Usani Uguru Minister of Niger Delta Cross River
President Muhammadu Buhari Minister of Petroleum Katsina

108. 2003 Sep. Nigeria’s first satellite, NigeriaSat-1, launched by Russian rocket
109. 2003 Dec. Common Wealth Head of Government held in Nigeria with the Queen of England in attendance
110. 2003 Jul. 19 Organization of African Unity (OAU) changed to African Union (AU)
111. 2004 May – State of emergency is declared by President Obasanjo in the central Plateau as violence escalates.
112. 2004 Aug. 13 The dreaded Okija shrine in Okija, Anambra State was demolished by the Police

113. 2004 Dec. 12 Enyimba Football club of Aba won the prestigious CAF Cup back to back
114. 2005 Jan. 17 Tafa Balogun, Inspector General of Police was removed
115. 2005 Apr.5 Adolphus Wabara, former senate president resigns
116. 2005 July – Paris Club of rich lenders agrees to write off two-thirds of Nigeria’s $30bn foreign debt
117. 2005, Oct.22nd Bellview plane crash in Ogun State

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118. 2005, Oct.23rd Former First Lady (Stella Obasanjo) died after surgery in Spain
119. 2005 Dec.10th Sosoliso plane crash in PortHarcourt
120. 2006 Mar. Head count of persons and houses tagged Census 2006 took place nationwide
121. 2006 April -Nigeria becomes the first African nation to pay off its debt to the Paris Club
122. 2006 May – The Senate rejects proposed changes to the constitution on tenure elongation
123. 2006 Oct. 19 Pres. Obasanjo declears state of emergency in Ekiti State.

124. 2007 April – Umaru Yar’Adua is proclaimed winner of the presidential election
125. 2007 Sep. 9 Nigerian Golden Eaglets win the FIFA U-17 World Cup held in Seoul, Korea
126. 2008 November – clashes between Christians and Muslims in the central Nigerian town of Jos
127. 2010 Jan. – clashes between Christians and Muslims in the central Nigerian town of Jos and environ.

128. 2010 May – President Umaru Yar’Adua dies, Vice-president, Goodluck Jonathan, succeeds him
129. 2010 Oct. – Bomb blast close to eagle square during independence celebrations. MEND claims responsibility.
130. 2010 Dec.- Christmas and New Year Eve Bomb blasts in Jos and Abuja respectively. Nobody claims responsibility.

131. 2011 April- Riots in Northern Nigeria over Goodluck Jonathan’s success at the presidential polls.
132. 2011 June, July – Social Unrest in Northern Nigeria especially Maiduguri in Borno state caused by Boko Haram ( a radical Islamic sect)
133. 2011 August – CBN withdraws banking licenses from Spring, PHB and Afri-Bank and Nationalised them for failing to recapitallize.

134. 2011 August – Bombing of UN Headquarters in Abuja, Boko Haram claims responsibility.
135. 2011 September – Unified mobile caller sim registration ends.
136. 2011 October – NFF replaces Super Eagles Coach Samson Siasia with Steven Keshi for failing to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations.

137. 2011 November – Nigeria loses two prominent citizens, Odumegwu Ojukwu (Biafran Leader) and Chief Alex Ibru (Veteran Publisher)
138. 2011 December – Christmas day Mandala Bomb blastin Niger State; targeted at Christains, Boko Haram claims responsibility.

139. 2012 January – Nationwide strike by Labour over increase in Premium Motor Spirit (P.M.S) price to N141/litre from N65/litre
140. 2012 January – Multiple bombings in Kano, targerted at security and immigration installations, Boko Haram claims responsibility
141. 2012 January – Supreme Court sacks five governors(Bayelsa,Kogi,Adamawa,Sokoto,Cross River) stating that their tenures were long over.
142. 2012 February – Bomb blast at one of Plateau State’s Church of Christ in Nigeria, Boko Haram claims responsibility.
143. 2012 March – Alhaji Bamanga Tukur emerges National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the party’s congress election.

144. 2012 March – Federal Government approves new uniform for the Nigeria Police.
145. 2012 April – House of Reps debate the Oil Subsidy probe report, demand that 17 oill marketers indicted appear before the house.

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146. 2012 May – Outrage and Protests by Students and the Academia as President renames University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University
147. 2012 June – Dana plane crashes in Lagos State killing 6 crew members, 153 passengers and 6 people on the ground.
148. 2012 July – 200 Adults, children die scooping petrol from fallen tanker in Rivers State

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