Competition for its associated wealth led to the struggle for control amongst the regions.
As southern Nigeria was not as united as the north, it was disadvantaged in the power struggle. During his tenure, killing of Easters in the north continued; several retaliatory actions took place, eventually resulting in the Biafran war.
This Sultan was regarded as the source of all political power and religious authority.
Detectives have arrested a man and woman on suspicion of murdering a teenager who has not been seen for nearly a week.
Dorset Police said a 19-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman were arrested in connection with the disappearance of Gaia Pope.
Biafra represented nationalist aspirations of the Igbo people, whose leadership felt they could no longer coexist with the Northern-dominated federal government.
The conflict resulted from political, economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions which preceded Britain's formal decolonization of Nigeria from 1960 to 1963.
The plight of the starving Biafrans became a cause célèbre in foreign countries, enabling a significant rise in the funding and prominence of international non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Britain and the Soviet Union were the main supporters of the Nigerian government in Lagos, while France, Israel and some other countries supported Biafra.
In July 1966 Northern officers staged a counter-coup to revenge on the easterners for the targeting of their own political leaders in the first coup; Lt. Nigeria, which gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1960, had at that time a population of 60 million people, made up of more than 300 differing ethnic and cultural groups.
More than fifty years earlier, the United Kingdom had carved an area out of West Africa containing hundreds of different ethnic groups and unified it, calling it Nigeria.
“You are not in any trouble and we just want to know you are somewhere safe.
The Nigerian Civil War, commonly known as the Biafran War (6 July 1967 – 15 January 1970), was a war fought between the government of Nigeria and the secessionist state of Biafra.
She was said to be wearing a red checked shirt with white buttons, grey and white woven leggings and white trainers.