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Title:Islam and party politics in Lagos: A study of the United Muslim Party 1953-1966
Author:Danmole, H.O.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islamic movements
political parties
United Muslim Party
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02666959008716176
Abstract:This paper examines the United Muslim Party (UMP) in Lagos (Nigeria) in the period 1953-1966. It analyses the Muslim factor in Lagos politics before the formation of the UMP in 1953, and discusses the events which led to the formation of the party and the tactics employed by the party in its protest to the administration in Lagos. The UMP was in every sense of the term a minority party in Lagos. Nevertheless, it continued to comment on Lagos politics. Such comments sometimes influenced Muslims in other parties, as well as the colonial administration in Lagos. The UMP drew attention to the increasing disparity in the education of Muslim children vis--vis their Christian counterparts. Throughout its existence, the UMP did not succeed in obtaining a seat in local or federal elections. Yet, the UMP succeeded in putting pressure on the government. It also was the first political party to advocate the creation of the Lagos region. The major achievement of the party lay in the fact that most of the issues it canvassed were subsequently resolved, although after its demise. Notes, ref.