Meaning, Types and examples of Constituted Authority That We Have In Nigeria


CLASS: Basic 3

SUBJECT:Civic Education.

TOPIC: Meaning, Types and examples of Constituted Authority


A constituted authority is a person or a group of persons that act on behalf of a group and is backed by law.
It can also be defined as a responsibility given to an individual or group of individuals and backed by law.
Types and examples of Constituted Authority

(1) Traditional rulers Examples are:

(a) Oba in Yoruba land.
(b) Eze/ Obi / Igwe in Igbo land.
(c) Emir / Sarki in Hausa land.
(d) Obong in Efik / Ibibia.
(2) Religious leaders Examples are
(a)Pastor, Bishop, in Christianity.
(b) Imam in Islam
(c) Apena/ Alaagba in Traditional religion.

(3) Political leaders Examples are: President, Governors, Senators, House of representatives, Local government chairman and councillors.

(4) Heads of organizations

Examples are: Bank managers, School Principals, Headmistress/ Headmaster etc.


(1) What is constituted authority? ____________________

(2) State the four types of Constituted Authority
(i) _________

(3) Mention two examples for each constituted authority stated above.
(i) (a)____ (b)_____

(ii) (a)_____ (b)_____

(iii) (a)______ (b)________

(iv) (a)______ (b)________

(4) List the three main religions in Nigeria.

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