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S. J. Hogben & A. H. M. Kirk-Greene
The emirates of Northern Nigeria;
a preliminary survey of their historical traditions

Oxford University Press. London. 1966. 638 p.

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Alhaji, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
Alhaji, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912-1966)


It gives me great pleasure to introduce the new issue of The Emirates of Northern Nigeria in the hope that it will continue to inspire the Emirates as a symbol of unity and that these Emirates may continue to find a place of honour in our traditional society.
I feel honoured that a book written many years ago by my old tutor, Mr Hogben, has been brought up to date and that I should be invited to write this Foreword. I have always resorted to it in drawing material for my speeches and it is my earnest hope that the new issue will be a source of inspiration to those in Nigeria who cherish our tradition and are anxious to continue to pilot our nation along the right lines, having regard to its past achievements.
I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to my former European teachers and mentors who have done so much for Kigeria in very difficult circumstances. I speak on behalf of myself and many others who owe them a debt of gratitude.

Cabinet Office,
Lagos, Nigeria.
November 1964

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
Prime Minister of the Federation of Nigeria