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Google has the cutest Doodle for Nigeria's Independence

by Staff writer


Independence Day is an official national holiday in Nigeria, celebrated on the first of October. It marks Nigeria's proclamation of independence from British rule on 1 October 1960.

Nigeria became a republic in 1963, but succumbed to military rule three years later after a bloody coup d'état.


A separatist movement later formed the Republic of Biafra in 1967, leading to the three-year Nigerian Civil War.

Nigeria became a republic once again after a new constitution was written in 1979.

However, the republic was short-lived, when the military seized power again four years later.

A new republic was planned to be established in 1993, but was dissolved by General Sani Abacha. Abacha died in 1998 and a fourth republic was established the following year, which ended three decades of intermittent military rule.

He was buried on the same day, according to Muslim tradition, without an autopsy -- leading to widespread speculation that he may have been poisoned by political rivals via prostitutes.


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