Nigeria

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British occupation of Nigeria began

1861

British claim to Nigeria recognized at Berlin Conference

1885

Southern Nigeria split into Eastern and Western provinces

1939

Three region structure implemented

1954

Nigeria gained independance from Britain

1960

First Republic overthrow

01/1966

Ironsi's proclamation of a Unification Decree

5/1966

Ironsi and other Igbo officers assasinated

7/1966

Nigerian Civil War

1967 - 1970

Gowon divides four regional governments into 12 states

5/27/1967

Announcement of secession by Eastern Province by Ojukwu

5/30/1967

Ethno regional crisis over census

1973

Removal of General Gowon

1975

Assasination of sucessor, Murtala Mohammed

1976