The Indirect Rule was produced in Nigeria by
Lord Fredrick Luggard in 1914, It was informed by a number of
factors. Simply defined, indirect rule was
a system of administration by which the British ruled their subjects through the use of Native Chiefs and traditional rulers. This system
of administration was opposed by the educated
elites due to a number of reasons which included the following. Traditional rulers became stooges and
appendages of the British    Colonial   
masters. The    appointment    and
dethrownment of Kings was then
vested in the hands of the
Colonialists.

  1. The System excluded the educated
    elites and this created disunity between the traditional
    rulers and the educated elites as the traditional rulers
    were now seen as an instrument of oppression in the hands of the British imperialist.
  2. The Educated elite also
    criticised the system of indirect rule because it impeded rapid
    constitutional development which also retarded independence.
  3. The System of indirect rule was
    also criticised because it made the chiefs to become high handed and corrupt.
    Native treasuries were not properly checked and
    audited until 1948. This made the chiefs to spend money
    as they wished.
OR
WHY  
THE   EDUCATED   ELITES  
OPPOSED   THE INTRODUCTION OF INDIRECT RULE IN SOUTHERN
NIGERIA.  
  • The indirect rule system made use of local chiefs and traditional rulers who were mostly
    uneducated. 
  • Non-recognition of educated elites in the
    administration. 
  • Creation of warrant chiefs who were very
    high-handed. 
  • Combination of judicial and executive
    functions in the hands of colonial officers.
  •  Protection and strengthening of power of chiefs beyond traditional bounds. 
  • Introduction of taxation. 
  • The position of chieftaincy was disrespected
    by giving them menial job.  
  • Appointment and disposition of chiefs by the colonial masters.