TODAY IN HISTORY: October 3

October 3, 1960

On this day, as part of the independence programmes, Princess Alexandra, the representative of the Queen at Nigeria’s independence, officially opened Nigeria’s Independence Parliament, before a distinguished assembly of people and diplomats. Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, President of the Nigerian senate and Governor-General-designate, read out the letters meant for the opening of the parliament. The Princess later took a state drive saying an official farewell to Lagos.

Later in the day, Princess Alexandra arrived Ibadan to begin a two day official visit to the Western Region in connection with the independence celebrations and Her Royal Highness was met by Sir. Adesoji Aderemi, the Governor and Chief S.L. Akintola, Premier.

 

October 3, 1962

On October 3, 1962, the executive committee of the United Middle Belt Congress (UMBC), the party which was founded in 1955 to fight for the creation of a Middle Belt Region in Northern Nigeria, decided to break its alliance with the Action Group.

The Action Group was for sometime known to be championing the agitation for the creation of the Middle Belt Region and Calabar Ogoja Rivers State in Eastern Nigeria.

In an announcement in Jos on this day, Mr. Patrick Dokotri, secretary of the United Middle Belt Congress (UMBC), said his committee had found it “desirable to break its alliance with the Action Group because of the present state in which the Action Group has found itself.” He added that a letter had been sent to the federal president of the Action Group informing him of the decision of his committee. Mr. Dokotri said further that although his party had severed connections with the Action Group, it would continue to fight relentlessly for the creation of the Middle Belt State.

The committee meeting which was presided over by Mr. J. Assadugu, deputy president, was attended by Alhaji Ibrahim Imam, leader of the Bornu Youth Movement and Opposition Leader in the Northern House of Assembly.

 

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