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This paper has been divided broadly into two parts; the first deals with landlocked independent states under international law while the second part deals with the unique position of Southeast states and what lessons they can learn from the experiences of landlocked states in trying to create, within Nigeria, an economic powerhouse that would not only benefit the region but the country as a whole.


This paper was presented at the Seventh Annual Chief Judge's Dinner and Award Night held in Awka, Nigeria, 24 March 2018, with the theme: Prosperity, its Sustenance, and the Rule of Law Dimension.

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