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Chief Obafemi Awolowo was apotheosised as a result of imprisonment as he & others were believed to have been put thru a politicised trial!
" I ask people, how many times did people see Chief Obafemi Awolowo eating boli on the road side just to...
A memorable speech by a noble, notable and enviable leader of our time, Chief Obafemi Awolowo
Aregbesola: Intellectualism and Grassroot Politics in Osun The late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, was well known ...
"There is no overdraft in the bank of nature, whatever you sow, you will reap." - Chief Obafemi Awolowo
How I wish we can have someone like Chief obafemi Awolowo.
16. Chief Obafemi Awolowo was the first individual in the modern era to be named Leader of the Yorubas (Asiwaju Omo Oodua).
Segun Osoba along with two other friends, Peter Ajayi and Felix Adenaike were close confidants of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
The labour of our leaders past (Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Bisi Onabanjo, Dr Tai Solarin) in Ogun State must not be in vain. Rescue Ogun now.
The Cocoa House in Ibadan, Oyo State,Nigeria built by Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1965 was Africa's first skyscraper.
What if Chief Obafemi Awolowo had won d general elections of 1979?
THE EXCLUSION OF OGU (EGUN) PEOPLE FROM THE LAGOS AND OGUN NATIONAL CONFERENCE DELEGATES' LIST The continuous marginalization of the Ogu (Egun) people of South-West Nigeria is common knowledge. The late sage and Premier of the then Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo has remained the reference point in leadership not only because of his selflessness and capability, but primarily because of his inclusiveness. For example, it was Chief Awolowo who appointed the Aholu, Claudius Dosa Akran from Badagry as the Minister for Economic Planning and Community Development (1958 – 1964) in the then regional government. At the same time, Chief D. K Aihonsu (from Ipokia, present day Ogun State) was a member of the Regional House of Representatives through the support of Chief Awolowo. Since the demise of this sage (and the leadership style he represented), there have been spirited efforts to present the South-West Nigeria as a mono-ethnic region. In this vain, political representation (other than local elective pos ...
"Only those who fear crisis and tribulation,or have done things of which they are terribly ashamed,or are out of their minds,or have no faith in the ultimate triumph of truth-only these commit the cowardly act of suicide. I thank God that i am none of these.The fight has begun:it may be short,it may be long;whatever it is, i will do it bravely,and never say fail"-My March through Prison -Chief Obafemi Awolowo
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BODE GEORGE: IT IS AN INSULT TO COMPARE TINUBU WITH AWOLOWO FORMER Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has told former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to forget the idea of becoming Yoruba leader. George, the Atona Oodua of Yorubaland, said it was an insult for Tinubu, the National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), to compare himself with the late Yoruba leader, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. He said: “It is vain and impossible to attempt to recreate Awolowo. Only Awolowo can be Awolowo”. On the sack of some 778 doctors by the Lagos State Government, he said it was a callous and inhuman act. - “Let us look at their pedigree, their preachment and the concrete realities of their actions. From Lagos to the rocky hills of Ekiti, the loud and riotous characters who volubly proclaim discipleship of Awolowo are without exception perennial time-servers who have no firm, principled allegiance to anything of value or anything of sacred wor ...
THE FACE OF HOPE. The face of hope is looking back all history of the world,as u know no country will develop without the vision of "face of hope".To reflect to the quote,let look at the famours and well known people of the world history on how they transform their country the hopelessness to the face of hope.Like Martin Luther king jr..Neson Mandela..Wiliam Shakespeare...Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.Sir,Ahmadu Bello...Chief Obafemi Awolowo.Chief Nmandi Azikwe...This are some but not all,they that honoured not becouse of who they are,but becouse of what they did to take they various country to the' face of hope'.And left behind nothing call wealth.So transforming a country to the face of hope,need people with good and great mission and not selfish one's.May GOD provide us such a men with the caliber to transform our dear country from the hand of destroyers to the" face of hope".
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This is 2014 and in just about seven months from now,the country would be holding a general election of unprecedented significance given that since 1999 except for the brief period of our late president Yar’Adua, the presidency has been in the South. For the North,no other election in the history of Nigeria is capable of making or marring the political influence and position of the people of the Northern Region of Nigeria as the 2015 presidential election. For the majority of Northerners who are by far more politically conscious of the two broad regions that make up Nigeria, it would have been unnecessary to remind our people . However,we have in recent times been witnessing a dangerous trend, a divide and rule tactics by the current government aimed at weakening the determination of the North to reclaim its traditional position of providing leadership for Nigeria polity. Only recently Alhaji Haliru Mohammed and his likes met with President Goodluck Jonathan, Pledging allegiance and promising to betray ...
I sincerely believe that the 2015 elections will start in Ekiti State tomorrow. The major challenge Nigeria has faced since independence during civilian rule is that of persons in Government at the Centre using official means of coercion (soldiers, policemen, SSS, etc) to have their way at the polls. Of course, resistance has always come either immediate or shortly afterwards. Courts have had to step in to correct some of these shenanigans. I don't think Ekiti State will be different. But I pray we’ll not go the way of the First or Second Republic after the Ekiti State election tomorrow. Why? If harm should come the way of opposition leaders by way of death or illegal detention using official means for partisan purposes as it was done to Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the First Republic, e go get as e be o!
In the words of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, "i never pray not to fall but to be able to get up after i fall",
Akintola tried to but did not succeed in selling the Yorubas to the northern feudalists. The Yorubas, back when they had some spine and before your man, the impostor from Osun State, Ahmed Tinubu created a chasm between Moslems and Christians in Yorubaland, resisted the feudalists with every fiber of their being. The operation "wetie" of the resistance movement to Akintolas shenanigans witnessed the houses of his supporters burnt to the ground and some Obas who supported him deposed by the people. The cataclysmic events in Western Nigeria, consequent upon Akintolas romantic adventures with those northern feudalists was what led to the January 15, 1966 coup and the assasination of Akintola and his northern conspirators, Ahmadu Bello and Tafawa Balewa, in the fermentation of trouble in Yoruba land. Chief Obafemi Awolowo vacated his position for Akintola to move to lagos and oppose the feudalist government of Tafawa Balewa in the federal legislature. You should remember that Awo was invited first to form tha ...
Nigerian most politically vibrant person,a grass root politician,man of d people.Sule Lamido have been in active politics since d last four decade he has held almost all appointive and elective office his performance has been out standing in all respect a humble and dignified fellow.a political contemporary of mal Aminu kano,Chief Obafemi Awolowo,Nnamdi Azikiwe,Tafawa Balewa And Sir Ahmadu Bello. We all demand that he contest d office of president of d Federal Republic of Nigeria
The free Education given during the era of Chief Obafemi Awolowo was merely primary education, which was resisted by farmers, all the beneficiaries afterwards went abroad either by scholarship or self sponsored to further there studies and some if not all later came back to become teachers and lecturers in Nigeria Colleges and Universities. Babatunde Raji Fashola on TVC
Faces on Nigeria’s Currency Denominations: Urgent Need for a Re-Visit Nigeria gained her independence from Britain on October 01, 1960. She became a republic on October 01, 1963 and on January 01, 1973 Nigeria’s currency was changed to Naira and Kobo from pounds and shillings while it’s colours were done so on April 25, 1984. The introduction of Fifty Naira(N50), conversion of One Naira(N1) and Fifty Kobo(50k) to coins was done on August 27, 1991. One hundred Naira(N100) came up on December 01, 1999, Two hundred Naira(N200) November 01, 2000, Five hundred Naira(N500) April 01, 2001 and One thousand Naira(N1000) October 12, 2005. On each of the currency denomination, there is a face of a Nigerian except N1000 which have two faces and N50 note with four imaginary faces. Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is on N5 note, Dr. Alvan Ikoku on N10 note, Gen. Murtala Muhammed on N20 note, Chief Obafemi Awolowo on N100 note, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello on N200 note, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe on N500 note while Alhaji Ali ...
AWO: The AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO. Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909-1987) was the leader of Nigeria's...
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THE MANY INTANGIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS OF GOVERNOR MU’AZU BABANGIDA ALIYU By Musa Suleiman - Globally, celebrated leaders are not remembered because of the number of structures or edifices that they have constructed. History remembered them those who impacted on humanity based on issues that are of global interest. These people; Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Tafawa Balewa, Kwame Nkrumah and a host of others, became reference points in history because of the enduring, mostly intangible legacies they left behind for us today. Awolowo and Ahmadu Bello may have constructed and established institutions, built houses and constructed roads. But many years down the line, these infrastructures are either dilapidated, abandoned, partially or completely non- existent. Yet, they remain reference point to this generation and beyond because they knew that the only way to invest in the future was to give their people qualitative and functiona ...
It's being said: The best President Nigeria could not have, is Chief Obafemi Awolowo; simillarly,Prof Dora Akuyuli was rated the best Nigeria women pesident, by assessement, despite did not contested for it. A great patrot of good people of great nation. A woman of substance,dedication & committement. Good night a great leader of emulation by many.
Hmmm im so worried abt dis so call our leaders leading us in d name of chief obafemi awolowo.so good so far none of dem as eva emulate baba legacy...education in yoruba land as become no go area 4 commonals only dct mimiko in ondo state own university is stil afordable 4 pple lik me n u...stil dere stil canvasing 4 change...my felow brodas n sistas...let us wake up n say no through our vote...vote wise com 2015. Longlife nigeria longlife africa.honourable Seun 4 govnor 2015
LASU: Fashola’s unwinnable war BY ABIMBOLA ADELAKUN Students of the Lagos State University, a week ago today, took their aluta to a melodramatic level by camping out in front of the governor’s office to register their grievances against their mind blowing university tuition. It was a comical sight of sorts, watching the students “cooking beans” in front of the Government House. Simultaneously, it was a scene that elicited deep worries. Protest over inflated rate of school fees is by no means limited to LASU. Students of the University of Lagos have had to take to the streets to protest a certain fee hike; the same obtains for students of the University of Port Harcourt and Obafemi Awolowo University. First, a quick question: Where is the Academic Staff Union of Universities in all these? During ASUU’s last strike action in 2013, part of its defence was that it was “fighting for the students” and that with time, students would realise the strike was for their ultimate benefit. It is not a yea ...
2015: 10 Reasons Nigerians should re-elect Jonathan As the renowned American Diplomat and Political Scientist Henry Kissinger stated, ” those who are indifferent to power will be overtaken by power seekers”. True to this statement, the average Nigerian has been indifferent or lukewarm towards political power and consequently, the political elites have dominated power since independence. As the 2015 elections draw nearer, I have studied the unfolding dynamics and permutations, my conclusion is that all factors considered, it is in the best interest of Nigeria to re-elect President Jonathan for another four years. I have summarized my reasons below. My first reason is that Nigeria has recorded remarkable economic growth under President Jonathan. Only two Months ago, Nigeria overtook South Africa as the continent’s largest economy after it overhauled its gross domestic product data for the first time in more than two decades. According to verifiable figures for 2013, released by Nigeria’s statistics ...
ROAD TO AZARE: How Emir Sanusi’s Grandfather Was Removed Due To ‘Jealousy’ Did you know that in May 1962, on the departure of the British colonial administrator and then Governor of Northern Nigeria, Sir Gawain Westray Bell (1909-1995), many people in the North and beyond including Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, late Emir of Kano and grandfather of the current Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, (who himself rightly nurtures an ambition to become the Emir of Kano someday), felt that the Sardauna of Sokoto (1938-1966) and Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello (1909-1966) might follow the example of Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909-1987), ppointing the then Ooni of Ife, Oba (Sir) Adesoji Aderemi (1889-1980), as Governor of Western Region, by recommending an emir to be Governor of the North? As the Shehu of Bornu, Alhaji (Sir) Umar Ibn Mohammed el-Kanemi (1873-1968), was well advanced in age, the lot would easily have fallen on either the Sultan of Sokoto, Sir Abubakar, or the Emir o ...
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June 12 message. Today is another significant day in the history of Nigeria. YORUBA RONU - In the days of Late Siege chief obafemi Awolowo we did not accept him till death comes then we started bitting finger,Chief M K O came we did same till he die.Asiwaju Bola Tinubu now on stage some says he must be crucify,must we crucified him before we Learn our Lessons again.it is time to seat right and make use of what God provided for us,(the words of elder is words of wisdom).
There're many hypotheses trying to explain or justify the annulment of June 12 election. Some said Abiola was a creditor of the Federal Government, or that a few characters would not like to see him be president of Nigeria. Some said it was because of what he did when he was in NPN that he betrayed or opposed Chief Obafemi Awolowo, a fellow Yoruba politician. He's also alleged to have sponsored military coups in Nigeria. But, no form of arguments would justify the annulment of the June 12 1993 peaceful presidential elections. The fundamental thing about June 12 was that an election was held and Abiola won. June 12 came with a manifesto and programs of hope. Millions of Nigerians voted massively in favour of Abiola in the best election ever conducted in the history of Nigeria. But Nigeria and Nigerians lost the opportunity of being led by Abiola. It's sad because no one knows if Nigeria would have become a better place today or even one of the greatest countries on earth. We will never know what we missed ...
6 Years after, Adedibu Lives on Late Chief Lamidi Ariyibi Akanji Adedibu (24 October 1927 – 11 June 2008) was an aristocratic PDP power broker in Oyo State, Nigeria. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo described him as the "father of the PDP" Adedibu was born on October 24, 1927 at Oja-Oba, Ibadan, a member of the Olupoyi chieftaincy ruling house. Adedibu entered politics in the 1950s, when he became a member of the Ibadan People's Party, and then joined the Action Group under Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Later he was a member of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) led by Chiefs Adisa Akinloye and Richard Akinjide. He became an increasing force in politics during the military reign of General Ibrahim Babangida, during which the NPN exploited the open ballot electoral system into an instrument of electoral fraud. His brand of politics was described as a blend of populism and raw thuggery that often compelled either violent loyalty or violent opposition. It was said that nobody assumed any political post in Oyo ...
June 12 is here again...there are holier than thou fanatics who will gear up their games...but those who were abased at the terrain of politicking will often chose to pay their homage and sound muted clarion calls as watchdogs... NO TEARS FOR ABIOLA by Frisky Larr The sun neither rises in the north nor does it ever set in the south. The solar system has its own set of rules . No one plants an apple tree and reaps cherry fruits in harvest time. Nature 's own dynamics runs in ordered consistence . Therefore , what the night holds is usually what the day sets to achieve . Thoughts that would have reshaped the entire biography of the man Moshood Abiola had they been made to serve as the paramount credo of his political dealings . Before embarking on this dangerous analogy , I will like to point out that repeated references these days to the annulment of the June 12th 1993 elections that would have seen the installation of Moshood Abiola as President of Nigeria in the condemnation of Babangida underscores the ...
I Temiloluwa Emeka Okoro a 20 year old undergraduate of Obafemi Awolowo University osun Nigeria and the Chief...
Like the last President of USSR said Our problem in Nigeria is dat we are too educated, enlightened and to politically inclined and conscious. We are suffering from the disease Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe (Owelle of Onitsha), Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sir Tafawa Belewa, Chief Obafemi Awolowo failed to cure. That's tribalism and ethnicity. We have enough problems to deal with in Nigeria, ranging from unemployment,bribery, corruption, insecurity, lack or inadequate basic infrastructures like well equiped schools, well equiped hospitals, good road networks, pipe born water, constant electricity power supply etc. Insecurity have taken another diamension in Nigeria since the return of democracy in 1999 to date. From militancy in the south-south or niger delta areas to kiddnaping in the east, of late ritual killings in the west and the worst dreaded Boko Haram in the north. The north is accussing the south of causing the problems in Nigeria while the south are blame the north same thing. during the abolition of slave trade said ...
Religion and Politics.If you want to scare me about Nigeria, throw religion into politics. Nothing frightens me more than that. I find it hard to live with ethnically coloured politics, but I am even more frightened when religion is added to the equation. I shiver. Religion, in my experience, whips up the highest emotion in most Nigerians. There are people whose perspectives are based entirely on religion. They either accept or reject you because of your religion. This wouldn’t matter too much, however, if not that politicians are exploiting this fault line for political gains. They do not worry that once the fire starts, it is very difficult to quench. They do not worry that innocent people end up losing their lives because of religion.Nigeria can burn to ashes, for all they care. I cannot but shiver. In recent times, religion has been a topic of discussion on the lips of politicians. As the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continue their desperate media war ahead ...
SIR AHMADU BELLO THE SARDAUNA: THE TOUCH BEARER Our cover story on Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, in this edition of Inside Watch Africa could not have been more challenging and exhilarating for us because a lot of digging had to be done to have the kind of perspective we had in writing this story; so a lot of credit should go to the very many resource persons whose materials we had access to, particularly John P. Paden; a former Professor in the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University and the first Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences, Bayero University Kano, who has written many books including the autobiography of Sir Ahmadu Bello entitled, “Ahmadu Bello – Sardauna of Sokoto”. As Nigeria moved towards independence in the mid 20th century, a limited set of major leaders had emerged both in the northern and southern parts of the country. Although, they all received western education and relatively “modern’’ in outlook, they were sharply divided on certain issues. ...
An Ijaw man would rule this country some day in the future-Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo's prediction. Did his prediction come to past?
Another important reason Jonathan should continue is that he is a democrat in all ramifications. Even some elements of the opposition attest to the democratic disposition of the President. President Jonathan’s tolerance of the opposition is unprecedented in the annals of Nigeria. In the first republic, the leader of the opposition Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his supporters were harassed and imprisoned. Many neutral observers saw this as a form of political persecution. In the Second Republic, the ruling NPN allegedly tried to intimidate and capture all States by all means including the Ondo State Gubernatorial election “victory” of 1983 which caused an uproar in Ondo state.
For the attention of Tinubu and Yoruba-Muslims who want to vote Gambari for President in 2015 because of shared religion of Islam with the Hausa/Fulani. Here is a lecture "Politics and Religion", given by Chief Obafemi Awolowo to students at the Adventist College of West African, Ilishan-Remo, on 27th January, 1961.
A statement credited to Chief Obafemi Awolowo and echoed by his cohorts is the most callous and unfortunate I have ever read in my Life: "All is fair in war, and starvation is one of the weapons of war. I don't see why we should feed our enemies fat in order for them to fight harder". It is my impression that Chief Obafemi Awolowo was driven by an overriding ambition for power, for himself in particular and for the advancement of his Yoruba people in general.
KETE EKITI KETE (WORD OF OUR ELDER) An ignorant and poverty-stricken people are the easiest prey to political enslavement-Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo
Media, Youth and Nigeria’s Development Challenges (A keynote speech) Being Keynote Address by Atiku Abubakar, GCON, former Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, at the 2013 Conference of the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE) held at the Department of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. 21 October, 2013. Protocol It feels good to once more visit the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. I must confess that whenever I step into UNN or Ahmadu Bello University or Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly U of Ife), I have mixed feelings. Such visits bring back memories of when Nigeria and Nigerians were on the road to greatness, with all our imperfections.But it also brings forth to me what has gone wrong in and with our country and our people. When I talk about what has gone wrong I am not just talking about the broken infrastructure in our universities,the lecturers that have fled the country, the empty libraries with outdated books and journals or rotten hostels that are not go ...
why do they hate the Igbos so much? The world hates who is FAR BETTER than them. A people they cannot annihilate. Examples: German hated the Jews and gased them: over 6 million to death under Gas Chamber in Dachau, near Munich Germany. The Jew is a race the world cannot do without. From Wall Street Banks and Investments Houses to the Colgate products you use every morning, to Pampers, Jeans, Palmolive, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Fanta, Washing Machines, etc. are the Intellectual Property of the Jews. Ahmadu Bello of the Northern Nigeria said in one of the recorded in Youtube, that he hated the Igbos because any region they go and live, they can establish themselves with little or nothing, and build houses and own properties. So the North have to react against them before their land be taken away. This problem of the Jews in Germany was that the economy rested on the Jews. Same problem are not perculiar against the Igbos. I have co-operated with Kenyans (they criticizes their Kikyus tribe), they claim th ...
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WHAT WOULD PEOLPE SAY/WRITE AFTER YOU. An obituary was mistakenly pasted of Alfred Nobel. People labelled him as "Merchant of Death," for he invented explosives. Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azkiwe, Odumegu Ojukwu, MKO Abiola, Anthohy Enahoro, Augustus Aihomu, Saraki, Sanni Abacha, Yar'adua etc all died. People wrote papers and gave inscriptions about them. Dora Akunyili recently died. So many were said and written about her. What would peolple say after you. Or have forgotten that death is forthcoming? You Mr Lecturer, State Governor, Co-ordinator, Manager, VC, Minister, Employer, Chairman, Commissioner, HOD, etc just have it that something would be written after you.
It is true dt my being a commissioner in Lagos state has exposed me to d nitty- gritty of politics. It is painful dt Osun State has not have effective governance for quite some time now, except during d leadership of Chief Bisi Akande and d late Chief Bola Ige and d late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in d old Oyo State & old Western Region respectively. Rauf Aregbesola
I kept wondering if anybody has ever claimed the right to free education? After what my mentor the Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo initiated,we believe in Him then but you all keep lying about his legacy? Why do people claim what someone has already done and you go about preaching against the sincere will of the originator,obafemi and oluwafemi brought about a CHANGE but some hungry men and women who can't see beyond their noses will sell out and already selling out. This what I have to say to you before getting credit for what you stole,people are not blind nor deaf,bcos this will be "CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE" Watch out and speak up
IRONY OF LIFE. No condition is permanent. The constant thing in life is change. Life is never a straight line, it is full of Ups and Downs. Life is not a ceiling fan but a standing or a table fan. If you you are in a position of authority today and wield power as you wish and surrounded yourself with syncophants, remember that someone has been there before you were there and someone will be there after you. Those in power and in position of authority today quickly forget that power is transient once they they were fortunate to find themselves there. They don't learn from history. President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is not a good student of history, it is a pity. His story should have been a lesson for him, unfortunately he forgot and become power drunk, instead of looking back at the circumstances of his ascension to the exalted seat he presently occupies. In the words of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, he said and I quote " Power corrupts absolute power corrupts absolutely". GEJ, a shoeless boy from ...
"A man is great not because He never fell, but for rising after many falls" Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
My dear fellow Nigerians. The essence of making public comments were not designed for the abuse of processes rather they are designed to make positive remarks and necessary corrections where our leaders have done well and where they have not done any meaningful things. Let us learn how be descent in our reactions or remarks. I stand to be corrected , However ,there is no States in Nigeria where either the past or present Governments of the day or ruling parties does not have vested interest in the appointments of the traditional Rulers. . E.g Ooni of Ife Oba Sijuwade got to the throne in 1980 through the patronage of Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Unity party Government under late Chief Bola Ige, Obi of Onitsha. HRM Achebe got to the throne because APGA / Governor Obi favoured him ,The present Sultan of Sokoto HRM. Sai'ad Abubakar got to the Throne because he was the Choice of the Govt of the day and host of other traditional Rulers in Nigeria. Then ,why are we disturbing the peace of the Land beca ...
Chief Obafemi Awolowo built all these classrooms during his 'legacy rule', today its either the buildings are no...
Why Fashola Needs To Address LASU Tuition Fees Crisis. When western education was first introduced in Nigeria decades ago, the intention was for every Nigerian to be educated at no cost. Notably, the Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo was able to realise this laudable objective in the old Western Nigeria with his 'free education policy' when he was the governor of the region. The late Awolowo's actualisation of the free education policy during his tenure enabled many great men of today to acquire formal education for free or at most, at a minimal cost. But this trend seems to have suffered a serious setback as education in Nigeria has become almost limited to children of the 'privileged' in the society. The poor standard of learning in Nigeria has also contributed in no small measure to lowered people's motivation to seek formal education especially in rural areas across the country. In Nigeria today, most institutions of learning have been proliferated in such a way that parents would have to pay through their n ...
We must take a useful lesson from Chief Obafemi Awolowo who made free education his first cardinal priority.
"Chief Obafemi Awolowo waves from the moon at night."
Reading what the late the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, wrote about Christians in Nigeria in 1970, you'll...
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THE challenges of Nigeria’s leadership have been examined at various fora and they are many. Not a few people are of the opinion that if Nigeria can cross over the leadership challenge, the country will, in no time, take its rightful place as a giant, in the comity of nations. In this piece, I will touch on one very vital aspect of leadership, that has not been properly addressed by Nigerians. I am referring to the Vision perspective. I want to submit that we have failed to deliver in our various initiatives because of the absence of visionary leadership. With the exception of the early founders – whose vision was freedom and universal adult suffrage, all others, since Gowon, have been leaders thrust upon us by circumstances of the times. People, who were not groomed and psychologically hyped to steer the ship of State. I will come back to this. Vision is the picture you see ahead of you. It is the vision that will direct you to your destination. It is based upon the vision that you set goals and it w ...
Ekiti 2014 Water: Bamidele is a master of mischief, says EKSG Ekiti State Government has described the sentiment expressed by the governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the June 21 election in Ekiti State, Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, on water problem in the state as not only lacking in merit but also borne out of mischief. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele a.k.a MOB had allegedly scored Governor Kayode Fayemi low on what he described as his administration's "inability to bring water for drinking and other domestic uses to the doorsteps of residents of Ekiti State after over three years in office". But in a reaction on behalf of the state government, the State Commissioner of Information, Mr. Tayo Ekundayo, said it was quite unfortunate that Mr. Bamidele who should know better has chosen to play politics with facts. The Commissioner pointed out that Dr. Fayemi had made the perennial problem of water one of his priority projects and had been addressing it since he mounted the saddle over 3 years ago, ...
Amosun and Awo’s Legacies By Soyombo Opeyemi Development all over the world is work-in-progress. An objective appraisal of any administration must, therefore, be based on the amount and quality of work done within a particular time or term and the resources available. A comparative analysis is even better as it affords the public the opportunity to *** the management of their resources and sum of socio-economic development under different administrations. When I said recently that “in less than 3 years, the Amosun administration has achieved far more than what the previous government accomplished in 8 years,” it was not a hyperbolic comment. In Ogun, as I opined, “the blind can see!” The recent happenings in Ogun APC have turned out to be a referendum of some sort. From all I have read in the newspapers and heard on radio and television, feelers from towns, villages and hamlets, the common denominator is that the Amosun administration has been outstanding: NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF OGUN HAS THI .. ...
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*Obafemi** Awolowo’s Letter* *"from"**" Prison to"* *Major General Aguiyi Ironsi* *"Pressing for His Release and That of His Colleagues"* * * *(Dated 28th March 1966)*** CONFIDENTIAL *To*: The Supreme Commander and Head of the Federal Military Government, Lagos. *Thro*: The Director of Prisons, Prisons Headquarters Office, Private Mail Bag 12522, Lagos. Sir: *Prerogative Of Mercy: Section 101 (1) (A) of the Constitution of The Federation Act 1963* 1. I am writing this petition for FREE PARDON under Section 101(1) (a) of the Constitution of the Federation Act 1963, on behalf of myself and some of my colleagues whose names are set out in the Annexe hereto. 2. Before I go further, I would like to stress that the reasons which I advance in support of this petition, in my own behalf, basically hold good for my said colleagues. For they share the same political beliefs with me, and have intense and unquenchable loyalty for the ideals espoused by the Party which I have thehonour to lead. 3. There are many grou ...
"I have never regarded myself as having a monopoly of wisdom. The trouble is that when most people in public life and in the position of leadership and rulership are spending whole days and nights carousing in clubs or in the company of men of shady character and women of easy virtue, I, like a few others, am always busy at my post working hard at the country's problems and trying to find solutions to them. -Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Premier of Western Nigeria, 1909-1987.
PLAYING POLITICS WITH AKWA IBOM PENSION LAW By Suleiman Ahmed Governor Godswill Akpabio is no doubt the revelation of the current dispensation among the Class 2007-15 Governors Club. Indeed, the Akwa Ibom State governor, who has outperformed our modest expectation from an average governor in Nigeria, has easily become the Poster Boy of Nigeria's dividends of Democracy, especially, in this 15th Anniversary of uninterrupted democratic rule, needs to come to terms with why he has become the ''Punch bag" of hired blackmailers, armchair critics, political opponents and some sections of the compromised Press mediums. Reason Akpabio is the favourite prey of media hounds and attack dogs of politicians is that, this man, in such a short span in office, has earned his place of honour and fame in the Pantheon of outstanding leaders, with a mixed bag of attributes, comparable only to the vision of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the sagacity of Alhaji Ahmadu Bello and the insight of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe. That he was deservingly ...
2015: Things fall apart between Osoba, Amosun The leadership crisis bedevilling the Ogun State All Progressives Congress threatens the chances of the party ahead the 2015 governorship election, SAMUEL AWOYINFA reports With less than 10 months to the general elections, the All Progressives Congress in the state is bogged down with intra-party crisis. The party, which currently has two parallel executive councils, seems to be heading for an implosion. The gulf between the two factions seems to be widening as the relationship between their respective leaders – Governor Ibikunle Amosun, and a National Leader of the party, Chief Olusegun Osoba – seems to have been severed. There are many sides to the story of the party’s leadership crisis. A version of the story claimed that Osoba wants a more inclusive executive in order to accommodate those that worked for the party during the election of Amosun in 2011 while another version said Amosun had done everything to satisfy Osoba. Osoba, a former governor of ...
Like Judas they sold HIM and turn around to blame the Igbos. The Yorubas made Chief Obafemi Awolowo sacrificial lamb for Romancing with N.C.NC. ''In October 1963 (that is about a month after my conviction and while my appeal to the Supreme Court was still pending), a Peace Committee headed by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Sir Adetokunbo Ademola, made overtures to me through my friend Alhaji W. A. Elias to the effect that if I abandoned my intention to enter into alliance with the N.C.N.C. which, according to the Committee, was an Ibo Organisation, and agreed to dissolve the Action Group and, in co-operation with Chief Akintola (now deceased), form an all-embracing Yoruba political party which I would lead and which would go into alliance with the N.P.C., I would be released from prison before the end of that year.Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.letter to General Ironsi then Head of State asking for state pardon dated 28.03.1966. I am committed to the Truth and true reconciliation but we must say th ...
"A man who does not know but knows dat he knows not is a WISEMAN(follow him). A man who knows not and knows not dat he knows not is a FOOL (run away frm him)" Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Never call anyone a dumbhead, we are all GIFTED & UNIQUE in our different ways. Heeeheee, diz Funmilola again?? Lowelowe la nlu ilu agidigbo, Ologbon lo njo, Omoran lo nmo. Make una Rock una day o jare. Lol
I remember my dearly beloved Daddy today, it's been 27 years since he left us, in flesh, but always with us in spirit. A victim of bad infrastructures in Nigeria lost his life on Lagos-Ibadan expressway, after a speech at the Nigeria Supreme Court where he gave eulogy to the departed Nigerian political sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. The yearly Memorial Lecture date by the Nigerian Bar Association, Ibadan branch will be announced soon, and I hope some of my friends will join me at the event this year. Your legacy lives on, Daddy, rest well, rest well.
QUESTION: Name the best president Nigeria never had among the followings: (a) MKO Abiola (b) Chief Obafemi Awolowo (c) Sir Ahmadu Bello
Ekiti/Osun 2014: PDP to import Niger-Delta militants By Femi Orebe . Jun 1st, 2014 # NationNews The president should know that he can only ill afford another theatre of war, especially in a multi-ethnic geo-political zone like the Southwest If there is any doubt about the Peoples Democratic Party playing games with the nation’s security, the involvement of a Niger-Delta militant, one Okubo Robert, as coordinator at the meeting to finalise the security plans of the Southwest PDP for the forthcoming gubernatorial elections, with both Fayose and Omisore reportedly in attendance, should blow away such doubts. That the soldiers reported by newspapers, in a story that is yet to be refuted, as accompanying the militant could shoot at demonstrating students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, is proof positive that President Jonathan will think nothing of deploying militants from his home base to shoot, maim or kill Yoruba people in the course of the coming elections in the region. Also, the fact that O ...
FRONTPAGEAFRICA AFRICA HOME AFRICA HOW THE BRITISH PLANTED THE SEED OF DISUNITY IN NIGERIA AFRICA How The British Planted The Seed Of Disunity In Nigeria BY ATHELING P REGINALD MAVANGIRA • JUNE 1, 2014 Nigeria is a land of superlative potential with its immense richness in agriculture, minerals and human resources. In 1960, when it won its independence from the British, it was the beacon of the continent. Today, Nigeria is touted as the symbol of post-colonial African failure by Western journalists and authors. But Africa’s most populous land was programmed by the British colonisers to fail, argues Adebola Adeoye. Since its independence on 1 October 1960, Nigeria has been plagued by the North–South sectarian question. Public policies are viewed not on how they seem to address the problems confronting the country or promise to improve the living conditions of Nigerians, but rather which region, or more so which regional elite, would profit most from them. Appointments into public offices are also t . ...
ON Saturday October 18, 1975, the then Head of State, General MurtalaMuhammed told the opening session of the 50-man Constitution Drafting Committee at the Institute of International Affairs in Victoria Island, Lagos that the “Supreme Military Council has carefully discussed and agreed on an executive Presidential system of Government”. He said, among other things on that day, that his council “has agreed on an executive presidential system of government in which the President and Vice President are elected, with clearly defined powers and are accountable to the people. We feel that there should be legal provisions to ensure that they are brought into office in such a manner so as to reflect the Federal Character of the country I was present at the event. Of course, when the Supreme Military Council has decided at that time, who could undecide? That was the origin of our adopting the Presidential System of Government which has so far been operated by four presidents: Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari ...
Taiwo Akinola wrote. Dear Compatriots, Please see the attached document which I have discussed with Dr Akingba and Sir Ajayi while I was in Nigeria. Please we need to organise and workout how best to sell this idea outside Nigeria- Europe, US, UN, etc. Please let us agree on platform and strategies for achieving this objective, OR just act on it. Please forward to other citizens. I will also be talking to SS and SE leaders in diaspora. Yours sincerely Taiwo. From: takinola Subject: WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH NIGERIA? Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:59:35 +0100 Dear Citizen . I am opening this dialogue with you in response to your recommendation that General Buhari is capable of solving our problem- because he is not corrupt. Your observation on the corruption of Bola Tinubu is appreciated. If it is not right for Jonathan, Abacha or Ibori to be corrupt, why is Sahara, thisday news paper and many of these youths who only gravitate toward where power and influence are, not criticising BT? Why did they not criticise ...
You must come from a Swan’s egg: Tips for Success to Rule your World Being a paper delivered on Motivational Seminar Presentation at the Department of Computer Science, Crown Polytechnic, Odo, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State of Nigeria on Friday,30th May,2014. By Femi Alufa When I was a young boy, apart from the Yoruba folklore of Tortoise told in our oral and written literature, my boyhood favourite story is a fairy story titled, The Ugly Duckling, children's story written by HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, (1805 - 1875), Danish writer of the 19th Century. It is a story in which a cygnet raised by a duck is considered ugly until it grows into a beautiful swan. “The Ugly Duckling,” is the story of a young bird that is scorned and ridiculed because he looks different, is perhaps the most famous fairy tale told by 19th-century Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. When even his own family turns on him, the unhappy “duckling” leaves home and encounters loneliness and hardship over the next year. But when spring . ...
Please stop distorting our history Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo is an convict. He was tried and convicted under civilian Govt. Military Govt has no mandate to overturn the verdict of court of competent jurisdiction. He was tried and convicted by a Yoruba Judge. 99.99 % of prosecution witnesses were were Yorubas. None of them were Igbo or Gambari.
1, The first political party was formed by Herbert MacAulay,was the Nigeria National Democratic party of 1923:... 2, ND The second political association was the Nigeria Youth movement.(NYM)of 1934: It was formed by S.I Akintola,H.O,Davis,Nnamdi Azikiwe,.. 3, ND third political party was formed jointly by Lord Herbert MacAulay nd Dr.Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1944.It was the National Council of Nigeria nd Cameroun(NCNC). 4,Nd The fouth party was the Action Group of 1951;which derived its name from"Egbe Omo Oduduwa"the founder was Chief Obafemi Awolowo. 5 ND Fifty was the Northern People's Congress(NPC) of 1951.It derived.Its name form "Jamiyyia Mutanem Arewa. The founders were Ahmed Bello,Aminu Kano,etc.
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Chief Obafemi Awolowo believes its only through education that a society could achieve development, patriotic citizenship and unity, inculcate the spirit of nationalism and bridge the gap between the social classes. "Any people that are starved with books, will suffer intellectual malnutrition, stagnation and atrophy."
In every march ball surfuver a lot in the field and at the end of it all. They abondone the ball. Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo said in every consintrution there must be distruction
"After independence we (black people from the SONGHAI EMPIRE TRIBE, AFRICAN AMERICANS, WHO SUSTAINED OVER 15 MILLION PEOPLE LOST AND FORCED, AGAINST THEIR WILL, INTO SLAVERY) will have to stand on our own and rely on our own resources, the unifying force, the cement…will have to be replaced by new virtues of our own which must be capable of keeping all the diverse elements of the country together, in mutual trust and harmony and with a common national purpose." Excerpt taken from Awo, the Autobiography of Chief Obafemi Awolowo of Nigeria.
According to the terms of the amalgamation ,Nigeria has a lifespan of 100years, after which the people of Lagos colony,southern Nigeria and northern Nigeria (the principal parties to the amalgamation) were to agree by plebiscite whether to continue as one country or not. Now as we have observed, from the turbulent history of this so called union,we cannot help but ask"WHY THE TROUBLE" why try to save a sinking ship whose continued existence thrives on the live blood of it passengers? What is the real agenda of those trying desperately to save this broken marrage or rather union? Why can't our leaders see and hear the silent and audible acclamation of the Nigerian people for a proper unbiased plebiscite and not this political and stage managed National conference peopled by political deligates hand picked to pursue a particular, selfish and anti people agenda,at the conference. An opportunity to further defraud the common man of our resources and common wealth. Oh Nigeria, a land flowing with milk and hon ...
Life's struggles might not go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can. - CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO
The truth about the people of Western Region (Yoruba People) is that they are sufficiently enlightened and bold to refuse to be led by the nose by any person or group, no matter how sophisticated such person or group may appear. They are slow to anger, robust in contentions, alert to their rights, and will fearlessly resist and combat evil, whenever and wherever they discern it, with all their might and resources. Chief Obafemi Awolowo
"In the face of all these economic integration among the developed countries of the world, and the inevitable strengthening of their economic dominance, we in Africa cannot afford to continue to shirk our most urgent task. We cannot afford to continue to remain as small, impotent, and defenseless economic units that we now are." Chief Obafemi Awolowo Buy your copy of the Voice of Courage from www.amazon.com at a huge discount!
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Ekiti governorship election: a likely shoo-in for Fayemi By Mohammed Haruna Its motto is “Land of Honour.” It might as well have called itself “Land of Intellectuals” instead, and it would not have been amiss; it holds the record as the state that has produced the largest number of doctorates and professors in Nigeria, notably, Professors Jacob Festus Ade-Ajayi, Nigeria’s leading living Historian who celebrated his 85th birthday on Monday, Niyi Osundare, a literary giant and ace columnist, and the late Sam Aluko, the radical-conservative (never mind the oxymoron) economist who was the brain behind the economic policies of Chief Obafemi Awolowo as Premier of Western Nigeria. For a state which prides itself as the most bookish in Nigeria, it is an irony that one of the accusations the governor of the state, Dr John Kayode Fayemi, has had to fend off in his campaign for the forthcoming governorship election in the state on June 21 is that he is too bookish. Perhaps it is a reflection of the quality ...
My opinion: Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and Sir Ahmadu bello were tools of the Colonial masters
"FG Must Compensate Boko Haram and Send Them Abroad Like Niger Delta Militants"-Northern Elder . Going by the position of northern delegates at the ongoing National Conference, it seems the North is against true federalism and regional autonomy. Why? What is true federalism and what has the North said that shows that it is against federalism? There is federalism in Nigeria right now. The federal system is a system of government where certain powers are left with the federating units. The question is whether you want the centre to be strong or weak. Some want the centre to be weak, others want it to be strong. We, in Nigeria, voted for a strong centre. Chief Obafemi Awolowo kept on saying that what was needed was a complete Sovereign National Conference of the ethnic nationalities that make up Nigeria. He said these ethnic nationalities should be convoked into a Sovereign National Conference or a constituent assembly and that these ethnic nationalities should form the federating units of Nigeria. His colle ...
"NIGERIA GLORIOSUS DAWN" Over thirty-five ago, Chief Obafemi Awolowo began his political career. It is an eventful career in which his reputation has risen with each successive decade. He returned from Britian after completing his legal studies to found Action Group in 1951. He become the leader of the A.G, the Party described by scholars of Nigeria political as the most well-organized and disciplined. The party controlled the legislature of the Western Region, and Chief Awolowo became the leader of Government business and subsequently the first premier of the region. Under his leadership, from 1951-1959, the west became the most progressive region in the federation of Nigeria. As member of the Nigerian Youth Movement, he Oganized the Ibadan branch of the association and distiriguished himself as a man of uncompromising principles. Indeed, it was the political laboratory of Nigeria, while new ideals emerged and were tested before their eventual adoption by the remaining regions and the Federal Government ...
Two-term gov possible in Oyo - Ajimobi The governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has denounced those who canvass that Ibadan people do not serve a governor twice, stating that such people were poor students of history. He made this known on Thursday at the Governor’s Office while swearing-in the 33 Caretaker Chairmen of the state. According to the governor, such people should cross-check their history books and records to discover that the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief S. L. Akintola, Premiers of the Western Region, ruled the West from Ibadan and were given mandates to rule twice by the people. “Those who say they don’t do second term in Oyo State should cross-check the records. Chiefs Obafemi Awolowo and Samuel Ladoke Akintola did it twice. Those who say Ibadan people don’t serve anyone twice may not be wrong however but are wrong in the context. What they may be referring to is Ibadan and we are not serving Ibadan people alone but the whole of Oyo State. Perhaps, they are r ...
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For 200 years (1760-1960), Britain enslaved and colonized Yorubaland. Apart from the railway system, built only to siphon off Yoruba wealth and resources from the hinterland to the seaports in Lagos, for shipment to Liverpool, for the development of England, the British colonial thugs build nothing else. During a brief period of our modern history of self-rule (1954-1959) before a full fledged independence in 1960, under the exceptional leadership of our topmost statesman - Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who served the Yoruba people with the very best government in the whole of Africa. Under their leadership, the Yoruba Western Region of Nigeria became the pace-setter in virtually all aspects of modern development. As examples, Yorubaland developed programmes that empowered Yoruba people to become some of the most productive in Africa. The Region became "First in Africa." Some of the testimonies to this assertion are: 1. A revered judicial system. 2. The development of the first industrial estate in Africa. 3. P ...
SPECIAL MESSAGE TO ALL REPRESENTATIVES AT THE CONFAB: Greetings to u all . By now u must have passed resolutions that would go a long way to resolving majority of issues that have been threatening d corporate existence of our dear Country Nigeria.. Once again I say well done sirs and mas . However, let me remind u one important issue which is affecting d future of this Nation of ours. This issue is our Education. For d past six months our children who are in Polytechnics and Colleges of Education have been roaming d streets. Majority of u benefited from free Education programme of d late sage - Chief Obafemi Awolowo in d 50s. Posterity will not forgive u if u fail to address this issue very well and pass resolutions that are capable of putting our Educational system on d appropriate track U should please pass resolutions that will go along way in solving myriads of problem facing our Educational sector. Happy deliberations.
Chief Bola Ige, 70, the attorney-general of the federation, is a lion in the winter. There is hardly any public officer today whose career has traversed the entire spectrum of the country's attempts at legitimate government. At 31, in the First Republic, he was at the vortex of the Action Group, AG, crisis when the Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo was pitted against his deputy, Chief Ladoke Akintola. During the Second Republic, he was one of the five governors of Awolowo's Unity Party of Nigeria. Today, he is in the centre of power, still the fulcrum of controversy. It is as if his public career is calibrated along the contour of modern Nigerian history. He is a hero of many battles, most recently the historic struggle against military rule, and he has survived them all. He rides the storm with tested skill and panache and like his mentor, Awolowo, nobody in the republic can be indifferent to Bola Ige, the Cicero of Esa-Oke and grandmaster of Yoruba politics. Ige held strong views and beliefs and this has led h ...
Tinubu's Quest to become The acknowledged Yoruba leader last year set him on war path with the family of Late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
We really missed our founding fathers, our heroes & great men whose their ambition was to build the nation not to destroy it. People like Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Chief Obafemi Awolowo & Dr Nmandi Azikwe. They sincerely fought & struggle selflessly for d progress & greater Nigeria. Hon Tambuwal, Thanks 4 the post!!!
Dangote encouraged me to join politics –Isiaka Adeleke First civilian governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, shares his experiences in life in this interview with TUNDE ODESOLA What was growing up like? I was born in Enugu. My father was a nursing superintendent and my mother was a nurse too. Both met at the hospital in Abakaliki. I attended St. Barth Primary School, Enugu in Asanta Area and from there, we moved to Nwani where I attended Christ Church School, Nwani, also in Enugu. My father retired there and was working as a trade unionist. During the build-up to the civil war, my father was in New York, U.S.A, so, we had to move to the South-West. Then, nobody knew we were of Yoruba extraction because we spoke Igbo language fluently. Around that time, I was in primary six preparing for the entrance examination to Government College, Umuahia, before the war disrupted that. The circumstance of the family’s sudden transfer from the South-East to the South-West made me repeat at Alafia Institute ...
Can we stillhave a determined and resourceful leader like Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in dis country?
AJIMOBI (Mr Sanyeri) AT IT AGAIN! *I Will Contest 2015 Gov Poll and Win —Ajimobi *I'm Serving as if I'm Running My Private Businesses. *Ajimobi Compares Himself With Awolowo, Akintola I want to contest for second term and I will win, whatever anybody may say. We have made a mark in the development of Oyo State. I think I’m serving to the best of my ability, because we’re serving as if we’re running our private businesses. We have succeeded in Oyo State. We know our opponents can’t hail us because it will be unfair to them.” These were the words of Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, while addressing the 33 newly sworn in local government caretaker chairmen, at the Executive Chamber, Governor’s Office, Ibadan. Correcting the wrong impression that nobody has ever ruled the state twice from the time of regional government, Ajmobi advised his political opponents using that as basis for next year’s election to cross-check their history and be ready for his re-election in 2015. According ...
Going forward on the death of Chief Bode Thomas, Balogun of Oyo in 1955.I beg to ask you my politically and historically inclined friends: If Chief Bode Thomas had been alive as at 1959,he would have definitely succeeded Chief Obafemi Awolowo as Premier of the Western Region.Do we now say "The West" would have been saved from the rebellious LADOKE AKINTOLA,Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yorubaland and the rascally, yet deep and witty character called Remi Fani-Kayode ?.
"To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education." Thomas Jefferson "To be educated, a person doesn't have to know much or be informed, but he or she does have to have been exposed vulnerably to the trans-formative events of an engaged human life." St Thomas More Patron "An educated and healthy individual is the single factor in the economic and social advancement of any nation." Chief Obafemi Awolowo
One would have thought you will be in a party like the All Progressives Congress given the fact that your late dad, Senator Ayoola Adeleke, was a strong disciple of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. In the first instance, there is nothing wrong with the PDP as a party. I am always amused when the APC lays claim to being the only progressive party. There is no fallacy that is greater than that assertion. The party you belong to does not confer automatic progressive credentials on you, what does that is your belief, passion and accomplishments. Nobody in the APC today can claim to be more progressive than I am. I was an active member of NADECO, for instance. I was in the trenches in the struggle to revalidate the annulled June 12, 1993 election and was on the list of those to be hunted down by the military then.D GOV ADELEKE FIRST OSUN GOV
'A child who is deprived of qualitative education will suffer from intellectual malnutrition and atrophy'- Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Afford your wards the best by enrolling them for the qualifying examinations that will enable them to school abroad on scholarships.register and get tutelage for SAT, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, IELTS etc at our various branches. we also help with admission processing and visa counseling. 'nemo duo quad non habet'.you cant give what you dont have.
Heading off for another all day - In the Driving Seat - training session at Westminster. Topic: Financial Management. During the first session I attended I had the picture taken before being told: 'this is the seat of Government - no pictures here!' One of the first things that initially surprised me when I attended the first training session there, was that there is an office dedicated, to the Leader of Opposition. Reminded me of the days of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, when he was the leader of opposition in Nigeria's Federal Parliament!
In Nigeria, Dictatorship Dies Hard 23 May 2014 OSUNTOKUN By DIALOGUE WITH NIGERIA As it is often the case with presidents seeking reelection, the expected 2015 presidential election will be designated as a referendum on the first term stewardship of embattled President Goodluck Jonathan. The abduction of the chibok girls crisis could not have materialised at a more inauspicious time for him. And it can get worse. He has to now assume the worst case scenario and come to terms with the projection that for so long as he remains President he may have to contend with a relentless campaign of ungovernability. The tragedy here is that he is complicit in this programmed political destruction through inaction and inexplicable proclivity to blunder. At any rate and in the time tested tradition of Nigerian elections, the 2015 elections-if it holds, is not going to be about competence-whatever the subjective interpretation of that. Of course I do not agree with the definition of Nigeria’s problem as synonymous wit ...
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Been reading 'Awo: the Autobiography of Chief Obafemi Awolowo'. Expectedly, a recurring theme is his relationship...
BARRISTER OLAGUNJU ALATEDE.WITH YEAFLA It was really an epoch-making event on the 18th of May 2014 as Barrister Olagunju Alatede visited Yeafla, 'what a coincidence' said the chairman of the day, the YEAFLA coordinator in person of Mr Tobi Adeleke also pointed to the fact that the executive of YEAFLA have decided to meet the Barrister for discussions on that same week the barrister called to pre-inform the group of his intended visit during the group's weekly meeting. The meeting was in progress with the coordinator addressing the house when Barrister arrived. All the youths and the entire house including some women in attendance welcomed him with song, applause, shouting and with a standing ovation. The coordinator continued by explaining the meaning of YEAFLA 'Youth Earnestly Ask For Ladoja Again' he said the aims and objectives of this group is clearly stated in its name, which shows that the youths are craving for the return of our amiable leader Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja come 2015 he said if we ...
"There can be no alternative to a democratic way of life.It has been said that democracy is liable to abuse, especially in an unsophisticated society; and that through the instrumentality of democracy the wrong type of people may be thrown up as the government of the day. The question is: who are to judge the type of persons who should be appointed to rule a particular people? The answer is: the people themselves. If their estimation of what is good does not accord with that of the minority elements among them, the later group can only wait and hope, and continue to advocate what they believe to be good until, if they are indeed right, the majority swing to their side. I feverently prefer the inconveniences of democracy to the inarticulate and fearful material comfort of a dictatorship... 'When the disciples are ready, the master will appear' says the mystic: an eternal truth is applicable to politics as it is to mysticism. It is the readiness and the yearnings and aspirations of the people that will dete ...
I have no doubt in my mind that the recent increament of fees at the Obafemi Awolowo University is an indication of ineptitude of the educated elites and total depature from the vision of that great man, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who established the university in order to provide education for all at lowest or if possible no cost at all. And if Femi Falana could describe the increament at LASU as a form of Boko Haram, I Oluwaseun Opeyemi JEMILEHIN see the increament at OAU as a declaration of war by the few educated elites on the majority of the masses who are poor and may be deprived of having access to education which in actual fact is not even a quality one. Just take a look at it, the last increament doesn't bring about any change at the University, and most painfully the set of individuals that are carrying out this evil act enjoyed the best time of the university. You may say there is no where in the world where students pay that less, though it is a lie because there are countries where citizens do no ...
ENDURING TUMULTOUS TIMES As we pass through tumultous times,watching our beloved nation suffer agonies and pain, may we be encouraged by the admonition of President Spencer W. Kimball who wrote,quoting Elder Orson F. Whitney:"No pain that we suffer,no trial that we experience is wasted.It ministers to our education,to the development of such qualities as patience,faith,fortitude and humility.All that we suffer and all that we endure,especially when we endure it patiently,builds up our characters,purifies our hearts, expands our souls,and makes us more tender and charitable,more worthy to be called the children of God." It is apposite to our present predicaments the encouraging words of Chief Obafemi Awolowo who,quoting Peter,the hero of Walpole's novel entitled "Fortitude",said:"It isn't life that matters but the courage we bring to it."The sage said further:"After life had done terrible things to Peter he heard a voice that said to him,among other things:'Blessed be all sorrow,hardships and endurance th ...
Chief Obafemi Awolowo says that man is the agent, and the beneficiary, of economic activities. Education makes you a better citizen: You know your rights and responsibilities, so you can obey laws and carry out your civic duties, and Government spends less to enforce certain laws. Citizen Fashola, who took a bet, and chose to study locally, has abstracted immense self-confidence from his Nigerian education. He should use LASU to increase Nigeria’s inventory of human capital, not deplete it. He should rethink his LASU school fees policy. His plan to compel poachers of LASU’s 600 hectares of land to make lease payments is a brilliant financial strategy that works like an endowment fund. It should help LASU remain a public school that charges affordable school fees, and delivers good education to rich and indigent students alike. Lagos kids shouldn’t have to go on the streets again, chanting: “Free Education, Awo nikan lo le se.” (Only Awolowo can implement Free Education.) If it is indeed true, as ...
Do you want to KNOW how Boko Haram started. Read this piece. "Now, let me tell you some secret about my edecational policy for the Western Region. Our colonial masters did not want Nigerians to be educated. Could you believe this? They had successfully persuaded the North, especially the Northern oligarchy, not to waste their time and money educating their people. The reason was obvious. First, they knew that by means of educationb, the Northerners would be sufficiently enlightened as to argue with the Brish and make it difficult for them to always get what they wanted. They preferred a colony of illiterates who could easily be dominated by them. I think, but i am not sure, that they must have advised the northern oligarchy that if they allowed their people to be educated, that they too would find it difficult to control or dominate their citizens. The North bought this advice hook, line and sinker. From then, they paid no attention to the education of their citizens although there was selective education ...
I send my greetings to Chief Lateef Jakande he is a noble Yoruba man with a large heart and spirit of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, May Your Days Be Long And Bright Sir.
WHAT IS THE WAY FOWARD FOR NIGERIA? ~Iyke Nwambie When I think of Nigeria and the story behind the nationhood of Nigeria, I quake at how only the merciful hand of God has enabled us to come this far. When I look at how some of the leaders have dispersed the common wealth of the potentially great nation of Nigeria these past many years, I shudder at what the late leader of the commoners, Malam Aminu Kano would have said if he was still alive. When I gazed with my visionary binoculars and failed to see what could serve as a compelling national-vision, I mean a kind of vision which engenders a magnificent obsession for the realization of a greater Nigeria on the psyche of the average Nigerian, I wondered at what the great Nigerian visionary, Chief Obafemi Awolowo would have said if was around today. And when I dared to stand within the hedges of my imagery and peeped through the windows of my former room at The Zik’s flats hostels at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where ample opportunity was a ...
:Obafemi Awolowo Way Gridlock in reverse mode. Tight from Trinity Mall till New Garage.
Question of the day. 1)Who was the first military Head of state in Nigeria? A)Gen Yakubu Gowon B)Gen Olusegun Obasanjo C)Gen Murtala Muhammed D)Gen Aguiyi-Ironsi 2)The motion for Nigerian independence in 1960 was moved in 1959 by? A)Chief Samuel Akintola B)Chief Anthony Enahoro C)Sir Ahmadu Bello D)Chief Obafemi Awolowo
"Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo must be burning like wild fire in his grave over the ridiculous increment of OAU fees. RIP!"- Sam Adegbola
OSUN WENT AGOG AS ALL COMMERCIAL DRIVERS DECLARED SUPPORT FOR AREGESOLA The wider acceptance of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to all the strata of people in the state of Osun was practically demonstrated yesterday when all commercial bus drivers and owners popularly called Korope abandoned the lucrative weekend shuttle to openly declared their support for the second term of Ogbeni based on his unequal achievements in the state of Osun which they believe must continue. They unanimously agreed that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, a trailblazer should continue beyond 2014, therefore an official theme was adopted for the program tagged "OGBENI GO ON SOUN" which they imprinted on all their buses, these honour has never been given to any public office holder either in the state or at the national level, but sometimes, things that related to these type of epoch making event happened when a nation lost their leader or head of state,We recalled that when the Late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the architect of modern Yoruba nation ...
Bring Back our Country. Nigeria Will Never be Islamize. Nigeria need a Leader that’s not afraid to take Extreme Measures. Jonathan cannot possibly lead Nigeria past 2015. We Must Destroy Boko Haram before it Destroys us. Boko Haram can be Defeated Militarily; BUT the only way to Destroy Book Haram is to Attack, Killed and Removed the Mentality and the Power behind it. Nigeria is facing an Immediate Destruction. Nigeria need Extra Ordinary Leadership. A Nigeria President must be willing to Sacrifice his Life to save Nigeria or Resign immediately. We are at War. We have foreign Military on our soil. We have powerful enemies living among us. We are fighting against forces, against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness and against the spiritual wickedness in high places. Boko Haram is not the one to Fear; But their Sponsors, their Financiers and Supporters. Our President knows these powerful individuals. Every Nigerian knows these powerful enemies among us. If ou ...
SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD 5 Somebody has defined a manager as "a decision-making machine." A good decision is a product of qualititative information. We have seen how the spirit of judgement can grant you access to hidden information. A good reader is a good leader. He/she is expected to read very well and wide to have necessary pieces of information at his/her disposal. No wonder Chief Obafemi Awolowo said, "A leader must know something of every thing." There is difference between acquiring information and recalling it when you need it. Often times, when we need a particular piece of information, we may not remember it. The consequence is that a wrong decision is taken. This is where the spirit of judgement comes into play again: he brings back into our remembrance all the necessary information Jn.14:26. The spirit of judgement enables a leader to punish anybody who does anything contrary to what the group stands for 1Cor.5:1-5, 11-12. Leaders speak with power by the spirit producing the results Act5:1-11.
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IN MY COUNTRY. Re: Collection Of Honourable Patrick Obahiagbon Grammars by frebor(m): 12:09pm On Mar 12, 2011 Welcome to NTA live from the National Assembly … honorable Patrick Obahiagon … also known as igodo migodo. You are welcome, sir. O: The pleasure is mine, Bosede B: so, how are u today? 0: Very good. In a proper order. Very ready. Always ready for parliamentary work. B: I know you were at the Edo state house of assembly. So how has your experience in the state assembly prepared you for the challenges of the National Assembly? O: Fantastic. Don’t forget I did 8 years at the Edo state house of assembly and by the grace of the don apticate of the universe, that opportunity has assisted me colossally in dotting the parliamentary “I s” and crossing the legislative “T s” and has put me in good speed for the due discharge of my parliamentary onnus probandi ……, because when you examine the relationship between parliament at the state level and parliament at the National Assembly, the diff ...
"My conscientious appeal to all Nigerians is that instead of mocking the dead and fallen; instead of scheming vengeance against those who had wronged or harmed us, we should strive to see what useful lessons we can learn from the historic, though calamitous and tragic, events of the past years." Chief Obafemi Awolowo
In 1951 and after the Yoruba attained self-rule from the British colonial thugs, there were no Lagos State, Ogun State, Oyo State, Ondo State, Ekiti State and Osun State. There was the Yoruba Western Region, with an elected Prime Minister, who controlled all the wealth and resources of the Yoruba nation; elected Provincial leaders, who oversaw the provinces and elected Municipal government leaders, who were responsible for the local councils. In 1955, four years after the Yoruba self-rule began, the Ilorin-Yoruba, Kabba-Yoruba, Igbomina-Yoruba, Okun-Yoruba, Ibolo-Yoruba, in various referendums voted to be part of the Yoruba Western Region. The result of the referendums was passed onto Gambari's Tafawa Balewa and Igbo's Azikiwe to implement in 1960 at independence, being the Prime Minister and Governor-General of Nigeria respectively. But because both were not Yoruba, they refused to allow the will of the Yoruba people in the Northern Region to be annexed with their kith and kin in the Western Region come ...
Dele Cole: Political corruption and rise of the oligarchs (1) Monday, 12 May 2014 Written by Patrick Dele Cole BEFORE independence, the question of official corruption was not a dominant issue although the colonial Government was itself the child of a relatively corrupt Government in Britain. Corruption was always at the back of the mind of Britain vis a vis Nigeria. Moreover, there was a simmering undercurrent in the colonial office that they must do all they can to promote the Northern interest and the Northerners whom they regarded as likely to be less corrupt and more stable than their noisy, over confident and radical southern counterparts. Various studies exist to show how the British skewered Nigerian politics into its tripod formation with the North as the clear favourite. This was done to the deliberate disadvantage of the minorities in the North, East and West. Between 1956 -1959, the question of the Minorities in Nigeria was recognized by Britain but regarded as a minor vexatious, irritant (a . ...
ABIODUN AKINLADE; emergence of Ogun State's most beautiful 'political bride' Ogun State; the gateway state in the south western part of Nigeria over the years prides itself as the state with a special people, ranging from business tycoons, guru, professionals, artists and most importantly political leaders, who have in no little way impacted the fortune of the nation, Nigeria. That Ogun State has been so blessed with political movers and shakers, decision-makers and juggernauts alongside heavy-weight politicians is a no doubting fact, I will surely waste your time, if I mention beyond the likes of the Yoruba political hero, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; one-time military Head of State of the federation, who later became the civilian President in 1999 till 2007, Chief Moshood K. O Abiola; acclaimed winner of the 1993 election, Chief Ernest Shonekan; a one-time Head of the nation's interim government and of recent, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives; Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole. As ...
A season of dirty politics Posted by: Williams Adeleye this piece, Williams Adeleye contends that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hired commentators to malign the reputation of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu because of the growing popularity of their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), which is largely perceived by Nigerians as the government-in-waiting. There is no doubt that these are interesting times in Nigeria’s political landscape. And it is not surprising. The 2015 general elections are around the corner and politicians are at liberty to dig into their bag of tricks to sway potential voters to their side, even if some of them have to demonise their opponents. What is however, worrisome is the activities of some so-called commentators and political analysts, whose comments and write-ups are nothing but outright partisanship. Indeed, it will not be out of place to describe such commentators as paid agents and favour-seeking cronies of the government in power. The inte ...
POVERTY, ILLITERACY AND RETROGRESSIVE POLITICS IN NORTHERN NIGERIA The world has now joined Nigerians in condemning the condescence to bestiality of the Jamatu A Sunnah Al Jihad Islamic sect popularly known as Boko Haram by kidnapping about 200 secondary school girls of the Government College Chibok, Borno State. But Boko Haram did not start today. It started right from when the British in their bid to prevent a Southern Nigerian resistance to their imperialist rule in the amalgamated Nigeria put the North which was educationally backward in contrast to their Southern counterparts at the helm of affairs in Nigeria. The North due to their lack of intellectual enlightenment would easily dance to their whims and caprices. While the late Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo introduced free education in the Western Region, his Eastern Counterpart Dr Michael Okpara encouraged the Easterners to go to schools. But in the North this was not so. This was why in 1956 when Dr Anthony Enahoro moved the ...
PEOPLE AND POLITICS BY MOHAMMED HARUNA Nigerian Censuses and their Discontents (I) ndajika01Last week when I reproduced my column of nine years ago on the composition by religion of delegates to President Olusegun Obasanjo’s 2005 National Conference as proof that President Goodluck Jonathan’s version which opened last month was merely a replication of Obasanjo’s strategy of political manipulation of religion, I promised that the controversial issue of the religious composition of this country will be a subject matter of this column another day. Against the background of the vehement protests and counter-protests the huge gap in favour of Christians in the composition of the conference - 309 out of the 497 delegates as against 184 Muslims – had provoked from several religious organisations, notably the National Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), I thought today was as good a day as any to deal with the subject. Bar the president’s action its ...
I remember the first election for Executive President of Nigeria,,'I remember Alhaji Aminu kano from PRP, i remember Alhaji Waziri from GNPP, I also remember Chief Obafemi Awolowo from UPN, I can never forget you Alhaji Shehu Shagari NPN Presidential candidate, i have no reason to forget you Hon. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe from NPP.you are always in my heart...(if only they can come back again.,chai!..what a world)
M.I.U wrote: 1 Corinthians 1:27 All these Bishops and Archbishops, Prophets and Deacons and Pastors and Christians and Muslims speaking ill of the Jonathan's, calling them inept, weak, moronic, unpolished, stupid without carriage etc. If I should ask you now, "do you know your bible," you probably would answer "of course na!" But I tell you that you don't know your bible and that you don't even read it. Since you people, as Christians, believe that it is God who gives power and who chooses leaders, let us check together before this argument reaches "idu aka na onu" (fight). First, GOD gave us some of our best: Tafawa Balewa, we kill am! Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, we no vote for am! Chief Obafemi Awolowo, even his own people no gree vote for am. Dr Alex Ekwueme, sadly we chose a crude farmer and a "foxy soldier" over such a prominent political thinker and intellectual. What more? Can you see why I said that you don not know your bible? Let us read: "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; ...
This woman surely cannot continue to represent the wonderful women this great country has been blessed with, intellectually, morally and otherwise who produced great men like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Tafawa Balewa, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Ahmadu Bello. A woman who is not fit to be a lesson teacher to any child of this nation. Now is the time and now is the time to get them out the Villa come 2015 so that great sons and daughters can once again live our country proud. God bless Nigeria!
LIFE AND TIMES OF BORO: PART 3 From Teacher To Policeman In January, 1958, I entered the teaching field and was posted to the mission school at Amassoma where my father was headmaster. The school had a population of about six hundred pupils. I was the next most qualified teacher so I became the second master. Power was in my hands. I could hear the throttle in me pressing on power. Funny enough, some of my former elementary school teachers were my colleagues as staff. This was also the period when broader issues than teaching began to make an impression on me. Little did I know of politics. Less did I know of why it existed at all. Meanwhile, whether I knew nothing of this hydraheaded monster or not, a freezing political blizzard was blowing its way throughout Eastern Nigeria. Chief Obafemi Awolowo had introduced what he called his Free Primary Education. This book is not to discuss the merits and demerits of that system. In fact, I shall leave it to educationists. But I shall mention certain effects it h ...
12.05.1987 University of Ife was renamed Obafemi Awolowo University in honour of Chief Awolowo whose brainchild d Uni was
Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, a member of the Obafemi Awolowo political family in the First Republic and the chief of th...
"I felt and still feel that a truly public-spirited person should accept public office not for what he can get for himself — such as the profit and glamour of office — but for the opportunity which it offers him of serving his people to the best of his ability, by promoting their welfare and happiness"...Chief Obafemi Awolowo (I966) How many of our politicians and public servants these days have this belief???
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Once again, is right. Chief Obafemi Awolowo threatened in 1983 that the country would boil if anyone rigged. Nigeria really boiled.
Messr Moses-Oduntan Yoruba Nation: It is time to regain our dignity and aura that makes other people regard us as reliable people, people to be reckoned with. Before 1951 when the Egbe Omo Oduduwa was launched at Owo, there was no formidable association which united the Yoruba people except the meeting of the Obas, then known as ‘Pelupelu’. However, when Chief Obafemi Awolowo came on the scene and assumed the leadership of the Yoruba area, things began to take shape and the Yoruba under his leadership became truly conscious of whom they were. They became conscious of their rating and importance amongst the other nations in Nigeria, even under the British Colonial rule. As the Premier of Western Region, we recall today with gratitude, his sacrifices and hard work to build up the Region to become “primus inter pares”, the first among equals in Nigeria. He knew early enough, that a country whose people were without good education would not be able to make any appreciable progress in life. He was full ...
Even in death,U still remain Yoruba leader.its 27years 2day dat chief Obafemi Awolowo left dis world of sin...RIP AWO
1986 - Chief Obafemi Awolowo, frontline politician, founder of the Action Group and the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), dies.
On this day in 1987, Chief Jeremiah Oyeniyi Obafemi Awolowo GCFR, passed on in Ikenne, Ogun State.
Did you know ? That on the 9th of May 1987,Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo,an elderstatesman and political analyst died
Chief Obafemi Awolowo, GCFR. (March 6, 1909 –May 9, 1987) Hero of the. Yorubas, killer of Biafra,betrayed by the. North.
Today is the 27th anniversary of the death of Chief the Honourable Obafemi Awolowo. Just like yesterday. I still hav the Daily Times special
Chief Obafemi Awolowo on the importance of education – Let’s not forget
GODFATHERISM POLITICS IN NIGERIA;THE CASE OF GOMBE STATE:One of the defining features of Nigerian democracy has always been the phenomenon of god- fatherism. This generally refers to a situation in which a prominent personality supports a particular candidate for election while the candidate, when elected into office, does the bidding of the ‘sponsor’. This was glaring in the first republic in which the main actors, namely Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto, Dr Nmandi Azikwe, and Chief Obafemi Awolowo not only called the shots in their respective spheres of influence, but anointed anyboby they wanted into any position, be it elective or appointive. The Awolowo – Akintola God father – God son feud snowballed into the crisis of the Western Region, which ultimately led to the demise of the first republic. It was also evident in the Second Republic in virtually all the political parties. Aminu Kano versus Rimi and Balarabe Musa on the one hand while on the other Waziri Ibrahim versus Barde and Goni ...
Ehn ehn,lest I forget.Chief Obafemi Awolowo,Alhaji Ahmadu Bello and Sir Tafawa Balewa sent me to all Nigerians o.They said they are not happy at all with the situation of things in the country now.They asked me to tell you that whoever is tired of Nigeria should please come Home.I told them that we are not ready,but they said I should only speak for myself.Ngbo my people,wetin you na go do?
De Raufs Editorial Opinion Tuesday 6th May 2014 A SERIAL DECAMPEE! Sunday Olaoye a.k.a.(Temak,Egbe or Sunday Egbe Temak),old man from Oruboka compound in Olorunda local government of the state of Osun, a serial decampee. Baba Sunday olaoye is an elderly man who has a very strong political influence on young and dynamic youths. He enjoys a patronage of youths in the state particularly in Osogbo, the state capital because of his direct fraternity with them which makes some youths see him as a political godfather.Temak, who, recently,adopted another nickname akuna matata was an Awoist. He joined politics at the age of 20 and still living in the mudhouse where he was raised as a child. Sunday Egbe Temaks political career was dated to Action Group days led by the late sage,Chief Obafemi Awolowo. We have a great respect for this icon who turned a serial decampee, a chameleonic stance. He decamped from the defunct UPN to NPN in 1983.Later he joined the Alliance for Democracy in 1998. He was among few Nigerians . ...
ABUJA BOMB BLAST:Within the last two weeks,the country has experienced two bomb blast at the Federal Capital territory.That brought to memory the apartheid regime in South Africa where nightfalls in soweto like a dreaded disease.Our late sage,Chief Obafemi Awolowo once asserted that "In a community where dogs eat the Lions,that community is not safe to live"Really,this is becoming a National embarrassment as to the competence of our security agencies to be able to live up to the expectaction of protecting life and properties of Nigerians. The big Question here is,does it mean the NigerIa govt is not proactive enough? We have not heard any forenstic report that was carried out on the previous blasts to prove and depict that the government is actually serious in fighting terrorism,rather,what is topmost in their agenda now is 2015 general election.It is because the rulling party has lost its dignity,that is why you would see the chief security officer and C in C of a country dancing skelewu dance steps at . ...
Eko se pataki ….. o se ko ko …. Education is very important. Eko ni ngbe ni de ibi giga Eko ni ngbe ni de ipo ola Eko ni nso omo ase igi ta di eni nla Like Martin Luther King, our own Chief Obafemi Awolowo in his lifetime had a dream. He had a dream for his beloved people …the yorubas …. Descendants of Oduduwa. He understood the complexity of the country we called Nigeria and he knew that to be successful he had to educate his people to be the very best within the nations that make up the country called Nigeria. He knew that education would give us leverage and make us relevant. While some focused on political power and business, he steered his people towards getting the best education money could afford. He was convinced that an educated person can never be relegated to the background. To achieve this goal, he made sure quality education was available and most importantly free from primary to the university level. . Education gives hope to the hopeless and brings assurance that there is always g ...
CHIEF Z.A. OPALEYE Chief Zaid Ayinde Opaleye is an educationist and frontline Nigerian Politician. As a committed teacher, he taught in both public and private schools in the Old Western Region. As a politician of the first generation, he helped to formulate dynamic government policies during the regimes of Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola. He was first appointed a Junior Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and later as a Minister with portfolios in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health of the old Western Region. Alhaji Chief Z.A. Opaleye’s singular efforts brought rapid development to his hometown (Ado Odo) in Ogun State. Nigeria, in the sectors of education, health, infrastructures and amenities. Continue to Rest in Perfect Peace sir!!
For free education at all levels, come to the UPN, the legacy of the only man of the people, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
In d stream of learning I av not come across "violence is power" all I keep seeing and hearing is "knowledge is power". A very good historical example traced down to Biafra war lead by Ojukwu vs Nigeria = Chief Obafemi Awolowo. To be learned is to be great, education is d best weapon to fight a war. God bless nigeria
Chief Obafemi Awolowo was right when he said "The influence which a nation exerts, the respect which it enjoys and the prestige accorded it on the world scene, depend on two important factors: the size of its wealth and the calibre of its leadership".The rise of the United States to a world power state in the dawn of the 20th century, the rise of nations like China and India against old Asian giant like Japan confirms this and even the ferrocious temerity of the Nazi leader Adolph Hitler to think he could conquer Europe and eventually the world confirms that quote. In our case as a country while we have the former of the two requirements stated by late Awo, the latter has eluded us even from Independence and that's why even with our vast wealth, Nigerians are the subject of mockery and humiliation all over the world from Heathrow airport to the remotest villages of Asia even in fellow African nations. As a digression, I just read in the news yesterday how a Singaporean whose country has never qualified fo ...
♛www.elotiTV.com♛ Renewing Awolowo’s Vision And Remaking Nigeria: Brief Remarks as Chief Presenter at the Public Presentation of Wale Adebanwi’s Yoruba Elites and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo and Corporate Agency, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Agip Hall, Muson Centre, Lagos. April 17, 2014. PROTOCOLS 1. I am personally delighted to be here today to celebrate the memory of one of the greatest political leaders of Africa in the 20the Century and the progressive political movement in Nigeria which he was a key founder. There cannot be a better moment in our current political climate to celebrate, but perhaps more poignantly remember the lessons that this man, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, has taught us, the man Dr Wale Adebanwi describes him in this book as a “corporate political agent.” 2. This moment in our national life is the kind of moment that Awo lived for and relished as a brilliant political organizer and social thinker. Throughout his political life, when the coun ...
Word on Point!!! The substance of the discuss to me remains that GEJ and his team are being reactionary rather than being proactive on the issue of 'Boko Haram' insurgence. I recall Chief Obafemi Awolowo's strategies to end the civil war. We heard that when the FG realise that the Biafran soldiers had carted away all the monies in the CBN offices accross the Eastern region, thus having enough money to buy amunitions and finance the war. We heard that the proactive strategy was to change the Nigerian currency at that time to scuttle the Biafrans from spending the looted funds. Secondly too, we heard that supply of food was cut off, since the foods and aids were not getting to the intended poor and the war ravaged Nigerians as it were. In the last two years we heard and read in the dailies that most Boko Haram attackers are often dressed in Nigerian Army uniform. Even the news already have it that the last Nyanya bomb blast was carried out by men in Army uniform again. What has GEJ and his team done with th ...
Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, declared at the event that no force of arm can bring an end to the problem of insurgence in the country, even as he paid glowing tributes to the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who he said had the foresight to have recommended that people should be central to any form of national planning. This is even as former Governor Olusegun Osoba expressed dismay that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) could go to the extent of trivialising the incessant killings by the dreaded Boko Haram by accusing the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being the sponsors. According to Aregbesola, who said that the problem of holding the country together, had remained the most challenging, declared that the panacea to Boko Haram insurgency was for the country to build a society that people must come before every other thing, “and where freedom for all and life abundance must be given to all.” The Osun helmsman, while noting that the mismanagement of the country’s economy did not star ...
Awolowo, others advocate Yoruba unity: Widow of the Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, fon...
For me, Fela Anikulapo Kuti is far greater than Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the history of this country...
A PARTY WITH THE VISION ,GOV Mimiko spoke in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Wednesday, while inaugurating the interim state executive members of the LP as well as the secretariat of the party located on Obafemi Awolowo Road, Oke Ado. The governor, who was welcomed by LP members and supporters of the party, described LP as the most progressive party in the country, adding that progressivism was not in words but in action. He stressed that a world of difference existed between LP and the party that tagged itself progressive but which takes pleasure in inflicting pains and sorrow on the people of the zone. Mimiko, whose address was punctuated, by intermittent shouts of Iroko by the tumultuous and enthusiastic crowd, condemned the systematic denial of the masses from enjoying university education through exorbitant tuition fee as high as N250,000. “LP is a party that lifts the masses from the dunghill and we thank Chief Obafemi Awolowo for making the Yoruba people what we are today. Without Awo, many of ...
In this interview with Vanguard, Fasoranti said the ongoing national conference is a welcome opportunity to adjust the Nigerian federation, that the Yoruba sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo would have backed it and faults northern leaders on the Boko Haram insurgency.Excerpts:
Its funny how small minded mischief makers keep declaring ppl as "not saints" in politics. Saints are for churches ppl with the guts to do what is necessary for their ppl belong to politics. Was Hitler a saint? No!!, but to the german ppl he remains a great leader. Napoleon, Caesar, Winston Church-hill, Abraham Lincoln, Odumegwu Ojukwu, Aminu Kano, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.. are examples of leaders not saints!
Nigeria Crying For Help. Our nation once cried. The cry for Freedom from the British in the early Nigerian Federation. Our great leaders responded. Sir Ahmadu Belllo and Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa formed a successful alliance with Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. A sovereign Nigeria Nation was born. Change came to Nigeria. We have our Victory. We cried again and we demanded to be Educated. Chief Obafemi Awolowo pioneered free Education and free Health Care in Nigeria. Again, we have our Victory. Our nation, Strong and Powerful. Economy, well respected in the union of nations. Now we Cry, the cry of a nation in Turmoil. Our beloved Nigeria crying for help. She cries: Help me. Love me. Save me. Our country needs us. Nigeria our father’s land, a proud nation, a large and a fruitful land, a land fertile and flowing with abundance of natural resources, and a strong people of intellect with minds of a genius. So we Cry and cry. For We Have No Leadership. The seat of power is Crippled with Corruption. An Impotent Leadershi ...
Osun State Lodge in Asokoro has been renamed in honour of its revered Chief Obafemi Awolowo. The building is now called AWOLOWO HOUSE.
The S'west region is in a class of its own.It has prioritised healthcare,education,urban renewal etc as modelled after Chief Obafemi Awolowo
My Administration Has Done Well Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, in an interview with journalists (including GBENRO ADESINA) in Ibadan, speaks on the achievements of his administration How far has your administration gone with its transformation programme? Ibadan was the capital of Western Region where Chief Obafemi Awolowo administered the whole Western Region. We are noted for the first. We have the first television in Africa, the first university in Nigeria, the first stadium, the first tallest building in Nigeria, the largest teaching hospital and many other firsts. All these culminated in christening us as a pacesetter state. By the time we assumed office in 2011, we found out that all these firsts that we were known for had been destroyed. We found out that even this same Ibadan that we boast of being intellectual capital of Nigeria, where free education first started, became a place where our students took 31st position out of 36 states in the examinations of the West African Examination Counc ...
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Former Ogun State governorship aspirant on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mr. Kayode Soyinka, has advised Yoruba delegates to the National Conference, not to push the case for the possible break away of Yorubaland from the Nigerian federation too far. He said the Yorubas should be more cerebral in their thinking and proffering superior, more convincing and workable solutions to the numerous developmental challenges facing the country. The three-time governorship aspirant made the appeal while speaking as a special guest at the meeting of the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), held in Abeokuta on Wednesday. The renowned journalist and publisher of Africa Today magazine reminded the gathering that the political leader of the Yorubas, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, left his comfort zone to go up-North to persuade the Sardauna of Sokoto to see reasons why Nigeria should be independent when the North said it was not ready to join the South in the struggle for independence. He said it was Awo ...
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor, State of Osun writes: Complete Child, Complete Youth, Complete Citizen: Understanding the Essence of Osun‘s New Education Policy – Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola Let me state from the outset that the Osun State Education Policy our administration is currently implementing is not a haphazard, impressionistic voyage. It is rather a comprehensive and holistic response to a scandalous educational rot, which we found, at the inception of our government, unbefitting of a state and people that were part of the first revolutionary educational policy in Nigeria; by which I mean Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his Action Group (AG) party’s free primary education policy, which started in the old Western Region in 1955. Our policy therefore seeks an integrative approach to the education of our children and youth. This spans: Education Infrastructure in O’Schools: massive building of new school structures to replace the present dilapidated ones, within the framework of our schools reclass . ...
MONDAY LINES NIGERIA’S ALI BABA AND THE 40 THIEVES Lasisi Olagunju The story of two kids of different orientations on power, its opulence and corruptive tendencies caught the attention of the Bishop of Zonkwa Diocese of the Anglican Communion, the Right Reverend Jacob Kwashi at the 27th posthumous birthday anniversary of Chief Obafemi Awolowo at Ikenne, Ogun State, on Thursday. The first boy is a three-year-old who saw, firsthand, the glitz, glamour, and the sheer street display of raw power that regularly travels with governors’ convoys in Nigeria. He saw one pass by his father’s house and was wowed so much he decided to kneel before his Maker that evening: “Lord, empower me to become a politician...” His mother, surprised at her boy’s prayer request, asked him why and his explanation was what he saw earlier that day. Somewhere else, at some other time, was another three-year old boy who had been conditioned at home to see every problem everywhere as a direct consequence of corruption. He was ...
Awo symposium for March 4 To mark the 105th posthumous birthday of the Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, there will be a symposium, titled: The Nigerian Constitution: The Awo Road Not Taken, on March 4 at NECA House in Alausa, Lagos at 11am. The symposium was organised by the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation. The Executive Director of the Foundation, Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu, said recommendations at the symposium would be sent to delegates to the proposed National Conference, which will start on March 18. Dr. Awolowo-Dosunmu said: “As the institutional custodian of the late Awolowo’s intellectual legacy, the foundation has decided that his prescriptions on the Nigerian constitution should be placed before intending delegates to the conference and Nigerians, so that they can be rigorously and rationally re-examined.” She said the panelists were carefully chosen to involve the younger generation in the discussion, adding: “We have chosen this panel because we want to involve the younger generation, who can ...
Tafawa Balewa, Sir Ahmadu Bello and Chief Obafemi Awolowo visited Nigeria in from there graves, the will die a last death of not visit.
I wish to single out Chief Obafemi Awolowo as the greatest performing leader of Nigeria for all times -
It was so painful that Nigerian leaders did not allow Chief Obafemi Awolowo to rule Nigeria. He was the best leader Nigeria has never produced. All his prophesies are coming true. what do you think about this?
Chief Obafemi Awolowo a globally accepted icon of progressive leadership in Africa, predicted " in one of his books, The Hero, that the best of the conservative and the best of the progressive will one day rule Nigeria. Don't you think the APC has come to fulfill this prediction?
"Employment with little wage is undoubtedly better than no e mployment and no wage at all" Chief Obafemi Awolowo,budget speech in the Western house of assembly,Ibadan.2nd March 1955
Ogun State Politics!!! Gbenga Daniel is gradually becoming the boss of Ogun politics Since the pronouncement of Otunba Gbenga Daniel as the leader of the labour party in Ogun State, there had been unprecedented human traffic flowing in and out of the regal Asoludero Court; while some come in the open daylight, others came at odd hours The Southwest geopolitical zone of the country is noted for its political elitism and clear-cut bearing on national issues. Its people are always, almost unequivocal in the choice of, not only their leaders, but, political parties and voting pattern. A cursory spool-back of political trends from the first republic to the present dispensation reveals a rather peculiar but factual mass movement of the people from one political party to the other as it suits their purposes: the First Republic was an all Action Group (AG) affair – what else with the enormous influence of Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his progressive-minded disciples? Despite the national outreach of the Natio ...
Federal Republic of Nigeria centenary calender (1914 to 2014) made by federal ministry of information. Chief Obafemi Awolowo's name and events are not included. Can anyone, group or government write d history of Nigeria in ds centery, chief Obafemi Awolowo's will excluded. Why? This question is for Nigerians nd d government of president Jonathan.
HAIL KING OBASANJO! THE EMPEROR, THE BULLY, THE TYRANT! EX Ps. Are we surprised that Obasanjo will team up with the Anti Christ? We thought he obtained a diploma in Theology at a Nigerian University. A leopard cannot change it colour. Obasanjo who betrayed Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Obasanjo who escaped unhurt while his Boss Murtala laid in cold blood! Obasanjo whose bosom friend Chief Bola Ige the Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was murdered during the reign of the Obasanjo, the know it all, the all capable. The killers of Bola Ige disappeared into thin air till today. We do not know of any political assassinations in Jonathan’s Government. Can Obasanjo say the same of his own? We do not know of Jonathan Government becoming like Abacha’s. Obasanjo must be invited for questioning by the police like any other citizen. He does not enjoy any immunity. Jonathan should not set a bad precedent by allowing Obasanjo to go free on some dangerous allegations. Obasanjo the Emperor is angry becaus ...
The statement above is now trending on social media! Thanks to Nigerian poet/writer Odia Ofeimun who made a shocking statement which has kept lips buzzing endlessly. He compared two legends, the Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and late South African human rights activist Nelson Mandela, and stated the fo...
The purpose of the International Gathering for Peace and Human Rights in Africa is to educate the world including Africans of their unalienable rights as declared by the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the need for world peace as societies and nations cannot progress or prosper where there is no peace; and there cannot be a proper peace in a society where human rights does not exist.Global peace has been disrupted by political storms, tempests and hurricanes that originated from tribal wars, communal wars, ethnic cleansing, genocide and civil wars! Hundreds, thousands, and millions of souls have died, maimed for life, and have been rendered homeless,fatherless and motherless, leaving behind them the anguish of devastation,hunger, and a moral degenerated society! According to Chief Obafemi Awolowo,“Violence never settles anything right: apart from injuring your own soul, it injures the best cause. It lingers on long after the object of hate has disappeared from the scene to ...
Writer and poet, Odia Ofeimun, has rated the late Premier of old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, above late former South African President, Nelson Mandela. The social critic, in a chat with ...
Ekiti Roads Are Naturally Tarred He was a phenomenon. Chief E. A. Babalola was the first University graduate from that entity known as Ekiti, now Ekiti state, which is symbolized as the fountain of knowledge. Chief Babalola took the first baton when he graduated from the University of Sierra Leone also known as Fourah Bay College in 1946. He stood as a unique person being the first to have a degree in a place which later became a reservoir of intellectuals in Nigeria. I learnt that the whole of Ekiti erupted in disbelief and joy to have the very first University graduate among them. A reception was organized for him and he was welcomed with gun salute in Oye-Ekiti, his home town and the whole of Ekiti Division as it was known then. He was a teacher, a school principal and the Minister of works in Western Region during the administration of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. He was married with children and died around 1985. This piece is not intended to tell the story of his life as I am aware that he wrote his own b ...
Chief Obafemi Awolowo said that ' nigerians are not bothered about who rules them so long as they are allowed to leave thier lives In crude comfort'. This he meant that there is food on his table, road, light, water, transportation, security, schools etc. Therr sversge nigerian does not care who governs them. The current political crises in the country is engined by self centred and expired politicians who want to be relevant after fifty years in governance.
"Nigeria is not a nation. It is a mere geographical expression”-Chief Obafemi Awolowo (Path to Nigerian Freedom (1947))
I have a DREAM...very tall one indeed. Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Herbert Macauley, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sardauna Of Sokoto,Sir Ahmadu Bello, etc While leaders of Nigeria, I was not yet Born. Gen Dr Yakubu Gowon, Gen Obj, Ty danjuma, Shehu SHagari, Gen Buhari, Gen. IBB, GEN Abacha, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen Abdulsalami, Abubakar, while they led this Nation, i had grown from a child to a man. Today in the Era of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. I am an adult and a Proud father. That of all the Leaders above only DR.GEJ that is less than 70 years, age wise he does not belong to their club! Perhaps reason for some of his travails. The current President, as a young man, just 57 has tried, my only worry is that he has not been strong and firm as i would have loved, but no one is perfect. If Dr GEJ has not satisfied your aspirations, agitate for younger people in all the parties APC,PDP LP etc to present themselves for the top spot. Instead of what we currently see, I ask sincerely that the d ...
LEGACY IN GOVERNANCE: Chief Obafemi Awolowo was a celebrated, revered and respected leader of his generation because of his legacies as Premier of the Western Region. Today, many Politicians clamoured for people's vote using Awo's name and contacts. What Legacy are they leaving behind since 1999?
Chief Obafemi Awolowo built the Liberty Stadium in Ibadan, the first of its kind in Africa; established the WNTV, the first television station in Africa; erected the first skyscraper in tropical Africa: the Cocoa House (still the tallest in Ibadan) and ran a widely-respected civil service in the Western Region. This is what to remember a good leader for, not for making few to become billionaires over night,building of roads and digging of boreholes, all these are fundamentals not an achievements.
Saying Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo was greater than Nelson Mandela is like sayin NTA is more entertainin than SILVERBIRD.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo – one of d ‘ founders’ of d Nigerian state was primarily,a super- founder & member of d Yoruba Social – cultural organization Omo Egbe Oduduwa. There was no time Chief Obafemi Awolowo, believed in a country like Nigeria – he defined it in his book, “as merely a geographical expression.” ~Asari Dokubo
IS AWOLOWO REALLY A TRIBALIST? January 2, 2014 edition of The Punch Newspaper reported that a writer and a poet, Odia Ofeimun asserted in an interview with SharaReporters that Awo was greater than Mandela. Rather than prove to us that Ofeimun’s reasons are untenable or baseless, some people, especially our brothers and sisters at the other side of the Niger deviated from the issue. The only comment they could pass is: “Awo is a tribalist”. After a thorough assessment of the scenario, I concluded within me that those calling Chief Obafemi Awolowo a tribalist are ignoramus. As a matter of fact, they are inadvertently saying Nelson Mandela is a racist. Nelson Mandela fought against white supremacists in apartheid South Africa while Chief Awolowo courageously challenged colonialism in Nigeria. He was not fighting for the Yorubas alone but for independence of Nigeria as a whole. He eventually achieved this in 1960. The imperialists were offended by Awo’s role in the agitation for independence and ther ...
Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Federal Commisioner of Finance and Vice Chairman of the National Executive Council, with President Boumadein of Algeria, circa 1968. Source: Daily Trust.
Kwame Nkruma of Ghana. Chief Obafemi Awolowo of Nigeria. Nelson Mandela of South Africa. Who among them is the greatest not most popular but the greatest? I need your candid vote or opinion please
Chief Obafemi Awolowo is often refered to 'as the best president we never had'. In my opinion, President Goodluck Johnatan will be remembered as the best president Nigerians never allowed to stay
REVISITING AWO’S IMPRISONMENT: 50 YEARS AFTER Introduction It may be convenient, sadly though, to begin the discourse of today with a funny but disturbing joke I read in some online publication recently. It says that a young Nigerian graduate went for an interview in a company. She looked quite prepared and confident as she was glowing from head to toe, elegantly dressed with re-doubled eyelashes and prominent lip-paint. Meeting the interviewer, an equally young lady with British accent, our young applicant decided to assume an air of importance with a borrowed but dislocated accent. The short exchange went thus: Interviewer: Who is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and what is her portfolio? Applicant: Excuse me, I don’t watch Nigerian movies, please. The above may have two basic connotations: one is the level of ignorance that has overtaken our youths despite the monumental legacy of education bequeathed to us by the towering intellectual leadership of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. On the other hand, it could also mean ...
Did Odia Ofeimun who was once his personal secretary actually say Chief Obafemi Awolowo was greater than Nelson Mandela? Well, what I know?
Writer, poet and social critique Odia Ofeimun in an interview with Sahara TV, said late premier of the old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, was a greater man than South... Read more »
Awo was greater than Mandela – Ofeimun: Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo | credits: Writer and...
So Chief Obafemi Awolowo was/is greater than Madiba Nelson Mandela... I think I wanna kinda agree.
Ckn Nigeria shared the following link and had this to say about it: Writer and poet, Odia Ofeimun says Chief Obafemi Awolowo is greater than Nelson Mandela.. Do you agree with him, can AWO be compared to the greatest African HERO of the 21st century?..CKN
Chief Obafemi Awolowo rated higher than Mandella. Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Writer and poet, Odia Ofeimun, has...
Chief Obafemi Awolowo once said that a time would come that the progressively minded politicians across Nigeria would come together to form a political party that would take over power at the centre and set a new direction for the nation. Whao!
NAIJA FOOD FOR THOUGHT... "If Dr Michael Iheonukara Okpara, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe thought of selling off our common heritages when they held sway, there would not have been anything left for these modern day robbers to sell." -Lazarus Chukwukelu
Chief Obafemi Awolowo born in 1909 contested in 1979 & 1983 for Presidency - 70yrs & 74 yrs old respectively. Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe born in 1904, also contested in 1979 & 1983 fro Presidency - 75yrs & 79yrs respectively. Nigerians never raised any questions, but for Buhari, they will always look for excuse to discredit him. If either of the two above were to be alive today, & they contest, Nigerians may gladly vote for them without raising questions of age! Again, Chief Bola Ige, born 1930, also contested in 1999, at 69, nobody remembered his age! If he were alive in 2003, 2007 & today, he may still contest, people may not remember his age!
After the 'Five Majors' struck, Ironsi had this to say in a meeting to resolve the leadership gap that was created with the absence of Balewa: 'I asked for soldiers, and I am being given politicians dressed in uniforms'. I think Nzeogwu's comment after the coup confirms Ironzi's assertion: 'Neither myself nor any of the lads was in the least interested in governing the country.We were soldiers and not politicians.We had earmarked from the list known to every soldier in this operation who would be what. Chief Obafemi Awolowo was,for example, to be released from jail immediately and to be made the executive provisional president of Nigeria.We were going to make civilians of proven honesty and efficiency who would be thoroughly handpicked to do all the governing.' If they were not politicians dressed in uniform as Ironsi claimed,why was their interest on Awo? It had also been alleged that these guys had links with radicals like Soyinka and J.P: Clark.
It's in history that Chief Obafemi Awolowo introduced cross-carpeting into the Nigerian politics. This happened after the election, when he convinced his fellow Yorubas to defect from NCNC to AG
Chief Obafemi Awolowo was a politician of repute in his days. As a politician he was not a local champion but a national figure. All he had wanted was to rule the nation NIgeria with his welfarism ideology. In all his campaigns, it was not all about becoming the president but about a phillosophy. Interestingly, Chief Awolowo never became President, but today we talk about Disciples, Apostles and students of Chief Obafemi Awolowo politics. You cannot study Political Science, History or Law in Nigeria today without studying about the person and politics of Awolowo. Albeit, Awolowo was a LEADER. A leader of Yoruba race and A National Leader. However, my question, Do we have at least 1 person that we can say have, if not same, but similar quality. Awolowo was teaching politics, so you go to him making notes. What does our leaders today teach? Go and kill so,so; don't go or relate with this and that; NO PRINCIPLE, NO IDEOLOGY, NO PHILOSOPHY! My dear comrades please let us be careful and watchful before choosin ...
Of Amnesia and Myopia: The Igbos in Nigerian politics Most Igbo political leaders have made careers out of antagonising the Yoruba leaders and people. Their major excuse has always been that the Yorubas betrayed them during the Biafran crisis. Though as infernal and miry as this capricious allegation was and still is, the Igbo leaders have never been able to establish that there was an agreement between the Igbos and Yorubas regarding the creation of an independent nation of Biafra. What they have mischievously held on to and gratuitously interpreted to be a promise was Chief Obafemi Awolowo's statement to Colonel Emeka Ojukwu that if the Igbos were forced out of Nigeria, the Yorubas would be obliged to follow suit. The Igbo political leaders impishly and blatantly used this to misinform, "miseducate" and mislead an average Igboman for narcissistic ephemeral political gains. Ojukwu or any Igbo leader never informed Awo or any Yoruba leader of note about plans of Biafra. At the time Ojukwu declared Biafra, ...
I relate with all Governors irrespective of political party affiliation but I have not worked against the interest of the PDP. What I have not done is to influence the electoral process to favour our Party. You were definitely never so inclined, since you openly boasted in your letter of how you supported Alhaji Shehu Shagari against Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe and others in the 1979 presidential elections while serving as a military Head of State. You and I clearly differ in this regard, because as the President of Nigeria, I believe it is my duty and responsibility to create a level playing field for all parties and all candidates.-Goodluck Ebele Goodluck Jonathan to Olusegun Obasanjo
Lets not forget!!! By Micheal Ogunsina In 1964: Prime Minister Balewa’s Northern peoples Congress (NPC) aligned with a faction of the Action Group (AG) led by Chief Ladoke Akintola, the Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP), to form the Nigerian National Alliance (NNA) in readiness for the elections. At the same time, the main Action Group led by Chief Obafemi Awolowo formed an alliance with the United Middle-Belt Congress (UMBC) and Alhaji Aminu Kano's Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) and Borno Youth Movement to form the United Progressive grand Alliance (UPGA) and no one see anything wrong in this. In 2007, Mimiko left Pdp to contest under another party, LP and won the Guber seat through court almost two years after BUT that is okay. He is a saint. Right now Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu is forming alliance with Obasanjo's PDP as APC and He is being branded names. I think it is now evident some people are political hypocrites and are pained because what was unproductive in 1964 is now having a p ...
Below is an essay on Chief Obafemi Awolowo it is a chapter in my forthcoming book on Nigeria leaders to commemorate Nigeria's 100 years of existencce Zents Kunle Sowunmi should take note and if you wish you can publish it in ur magazine/website Chief Obafemi Awolowo GCFR by Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa majekarofi He was born on the 6th of March 1909 in Ikenne, an Ijebu Remo (in the present Ogun State), it was a farming community known for its animal husbandry. His father David Shopulo Awolowo was one of the first converts to Christianity. He converted in 1896 and he was literate in Yoruba. David’s father, (Obafemi’s grandfather) was “a member of the Iwarepa the inner circle of the ruling body, Osugbo of the town”. David was a wealthy farmer and lumber merchant. He was also very interested in the education and physical development of his child. Obafemi was enrolled at St. Savior’s Anglican Primary School Ikenne at the age of five years old in 1914 and “after three years he was transferred to Wesleyan Sc ...
When I called up a broadcaster this morning to tell him I was hoping to release a TV series “The Story Mama Told Me” for his station to use and that one of the topics was “The Man Awo I Knew”, he told me those who know Chief Obafemi Awolowo are dead. I was shocked…by that statement. Was he actually saying I was dead? Maybe he was telling me my ideas can not sell…since TV has become buy and sell, these days. I was shocked especially knowing fully well that with out “The Man Awo” he would probably not be where he is today. If those who know him are dead, then he is also dead. Why did we study history I asked? How could we have forgotten so soon? Will Nelson Mandela also be forgotten so soon? The good news is that I believe I knew him….that is why I shall be releasing my TV series “Stories Mama Told Me” to some TV houses for broadcast. I am sure that there are many like me who know him that are still living. I believe there many like me who realize that had Chief Obafemi Awolowo not int ...
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This book was first published in 2009 for International African Institute, London and has now been reissued in Nigeria by a local publisher to commemorate mama chief H.I.D Awolowo’s 95th birthday on November 2010. This is a scholarly work on Chief Obafemi Awolowo and t...
Omoniyi Korode :I had written the submission below and part of it discussed Chief Awolowo.He was far ahead of his peers and understood the political economy of under development. I will answer your rejoinder later but i had never compared any Nigerian to Mandela,you did?Read on: Gbolade Jetawo wrote: Re: Nigeria's three(3) lost chances at effective and revolutionary leadership The three opportunities came through:1) Chief Obafemi Awolowo,2)Gen Muritala Mohamed and 3) Gen Sanni Abacha. Lack of leadership process plus some human personal flaws robbed us! CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO Of all the pre independence leaders Awo best understood the conflicting dynamics of underdevelopment at independence.His own lack of tact,British colonial suspicion and post independence designs,tribal jingoism,lack of national concensus and peer envy all combined to immolate this man of genius in an age of mediocrity.He ended up in jail! GEN MURITALA MOHAMMED Next on the list was the dashing ,exuberant and enigmatic one and only Gen M ...
good day my fellow Nigerians. The story u re abt 2 read is true life story. Nigeria is a great Nation & bless country. Wen dis country is being created, the "KEY" of dis country is giving 2 some1 which is Chief Obafemi Awolowo. He is d 1 incharge of d "KEY". Bt something happen d wick leader's whated 2 collect d "KEY" frm him so they threw him inside cell nt knowing 2 them dat d "KEY" is with him inside cell. Dis leader's don't allow "AWO" to use & rule dis country before he die. Dis set of leader's also was dat Olusegun Obasanjo wil give them problem so they aslo threw him inside d same cell "AWO" was then. On kw 2 them d "KEY" is stil inside d cell & "OBJ" was d "KEY" without knowing d usefulness of it until 1999 whn he became d "GCFR" i.e d president of Nigeria. My fellow Nigerians dis "KEY" i'm talking abt is stil with "BABA IYABO" looking fr who to give. My question is dis who can "CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO" gives dis "KEY"?
Politics used to be a game of the elders in the days of Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, not a game for the premature minded ones-but a profession among the good thinkers.
Hey Nigeria!!! 1960's these are Youth who fought for Nigeria Independence., (1)Herbert MacAulay (2)Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe (3)Chief Obafemi Awolowo (4)Sir, Ahmadu Bello (5)Sir, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa they'r all Youth, who fought for freedom. Now,we youth need to fight for our freedom from all these old politician, they'v enslaved the youth, used the youth to achieved their evil deeds. We must stop all this and start a new Change., Nigeria Youth it's time to Save this Nation.
It is my THIRD time of reading Former President Olusegun Obasanjo's letter to President Goodluck Jonathan. Sincerely, those who have been calling Obasanjo's names because of that letter should go and hide somewhere. Obasanjo wrote well, deep from the heart about TWO things he is passionate about - Peoples Democratic Party and a united Nigeria that is well-respected abroad. I had cause to discuss Jonathan's messy political strategy with a friend close to the seat of power in Abuja a few months back while in the FCT. He was diffident initially. But after telling my friend pointedly that the reason Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko was allowed to 'win' his re-election was because of his closeness to Jonathan, not because he had serious electoral votes as voters proved decisively in that state. My friend was shocked to know that one also had access to key reports that detailed how the PDP gubernatorial candidate's victory was stolen because of the man's perceived closeness to Obasanjo. It is the same in oth ...
They were shot because they dare asked for more pay. Nothing happened to those that killed them, even under a black PRESIDENT. Corruption is still high like NIGERIA. Nigeria has produced MANDELAS.The late SARDUANA, CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO, DENIS OSADEBEY AND SOLOMON LAR.
Today, as the legally recognised Secretary General of National Youth Council of Nigeria(NYCN), I am concious of my place in History. I am propelled to by my deep conviction to continuing rendering my sacrificial services to this great Nation. Nigerian Youth must have a sense of belonging, we must be partners in the process of nation building & consolidation of our country's democracy. I, with our able & dynamic President Comrade Henry Nwabueze will be the bridge between Nigerian Youth & our government. We are going to create a frame work to harness & bring into full play the energy of our Youths in the task of transforming Nigeria into a truly developing nation. May we use this medium to thank & salute President Good luck Jonathan GCFR for giving our judiciary a free hand to operate. May I use this medium to invite our youth leaders to bury all hatchet & work with this new legally recognise executives of the council. According to Prof Wole Soyinka, "he who build the youth is building the country". I know ...
Still on OBJ's letter to GEJ. I have read through the Obj's letter, and the reactions that followed, majority of the people that. commented berated the writer of the said letter either on moral ground or on his relationship with Gej. However, the question I want to ask my fellow Nigerians is, who is qualify to write this type of letter? If it were Femi Falana, they will call hin an extremist and radical whose stock in trade is to formemt trouble, supposing it is from Lai Mohammed's desk, our people will say the opposition is out to destroy pdp, let's even assume its from the secretary of Arewa Consultative forum, the people will not hesitate to say the North is out to discredit Gej just to assume power come 2015. If it were pastor/politician Tunde Bakare, we will quickly discredit him as a bad looser. I remember in 1981 or so Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo wrote a letter to the then president, Alhaji Shehu Sagari on the state of the nation, he wrote then that the economy was in bad shape, and that the ship .. ...
PDP please and please again dont allow the LABOURS of AHMAD DU BELLO, DR NNAMDI and Chief OBAFEMI AWOLOWO to be in vain.
In 1979, OBJ because of envy of Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo expunged the provision for electoral college in the 1978 transition decree when as head of state he knew that majority of members of UPN, NPP, PRP and GNPP, in the National Assembly then had made up their minds to vote for Chief Awolowo at the electoral college. That was when Obasanjo destroyed the Nigerian nation. If Awolowo had been president, he would have turned this country to Japan of Africa. What did we get in his second coming as president? Corruption of the highest level, shielding of corrupt officials, who are his cronies, fighting perceived enemy governors and public officials. Destruction of national assets, like toll gates, fraudulent privatization of public assets like NITEL, Aladja, Ajaokuta, Bacita Sugar, Iwopin, Aluminum Smelting plant, Itakpe, Volkswagen of Nigeria, to mention a few, destruction and destabilization of the National Assembly, election rigging, wasted tax payers money on illegal third term bid. In addition, he wast ...
The Constitution establishing Nigeria stipulated 50% derivation “in respect of any Mineral extracted from that region.” Sub-sections 1,2 3,4 and 5 of the Constitution explained this in detail. But this would not deter the rigging of Nigeria as Yakubu Gowon unilaterally took off 5% oil receipt of the Niger Delta leaving them with 45%. He then proceeded with another Census in 1973. At first, Gowon came out with a total of 79,758,969. The six states of the North got 51 million while the Southern six states were given barely 28,758,969. “This meant that the population of the North had jumped from 53.6% in 1963/64 to 63.8 in 1973/74 census. The Southern population had dwindled to 36.2% from 46.4%….” The Chairman of the census board late Sir Adetokunbo Ademola said “the figures published by Gowon were not my making.” Chief Obafemi Awolowo, now out of incarceration called the 1973 census a “barren exercise..” To appreciate the extent of the rigging of the census figures, a comparative analysis ...
''Let us forget our differences'' - Chief Obafemi Awolowo. ''No, let us accept our differences'' - Sir Ahmadu Bello.
And, pray, who are those that'll even fight on Jonathan's behalf? Is it these fools who should be fighting for their homelands, but had Henry Okah imprisoned in South Africa while they keep on buyinh houses all over Abuja and Lagos? Are these the jokers who'll fight? Fight who?A big thanks to Obasanjo for trying to assist the PDP back to life. Let's wait and hope that Jonathan will see the handwriting on the wall. Chief Obafemi Awolowo warned President Shehu Shagari more than two years before the old man was thrown out of office. Awo was abused to no end by political jobbers who later ran away and left Shagari to his fate.Let's hope we can still salvage our party from these hawks who see nothing but looting in their horizon.
Chief OBAFEMI AWOLOWO says n i quotw if a political GURU refuses to participate in politics, they will be ruled by an inexperienced fellow and it is an abomination to the Democracy for an unwise 2 rule the wise. VOTE 4 COMRADE RUFUS AJAYI 4 NAAS PRESIDENT
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Odu’a Company: Leading partnership against hunger, unemployment JUST like every country of this world seeks peace by stockpiling weapons of war even when they are not being threatened by any form of aggression, any sensible government must map out plans to feed its citizens before hunger comes calling through food scarcity. Save the current action by the present Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, which is yielding positive results in the agric sector, not much is being done by the government at all levels to produce food for Nigerians who are increasing in geometric progression while food production is in arithmetic progression. An observation by Mr Adebayo Jimoh, Group Managing Director of Odua’s Investment Company, revealed that food scarcity is here with us in Nigeria because the majority of the nation’s farmers are now over 60 years of age. Hence, he opined that in the next 10 years, nature would have withdrawn the strength of these people and their ability to till the soil in order ...
Imoke: The Terror of National Indiscipline BY PUNCH by crossriverwatch admin “It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action and discipline that enabled us to follow through” —Zig Ziglar, author and motivational speaker The Guardian reported on Tuesday, the suspension by the Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke, of 20 commissioners and special advisers for failure to participate in a scheduled four-kilometre walk to mark the World AIDS Day. Imoke’s sanction of his cabinet members, the report informs, will extend to their forfeiture of salary for the duration of the suspension. This columnist was struck by the story because it is such a long time ago anyone in public office in Nigeria was disciplined for anything. Even when widely published corruption charges hang around their neck, they are often let off the hook by a light reprimand, advised to lie low until the storm subsides or rewarded with a juicer appointment. What has become, for example, of Oduahgate an ...
"it is not the life that matters but the courage u bring to it." chief Obafemi Awolowo
DARE ADEKANMBI looks at the history of senatorial elections in Ogun State since 1999, especially why no senator has ever got a second term in the state. THE tenor and colour of Ogun State politics in the global politics of the Wild, Wild West are peculiar. This is why gladiators in the political theatre of the state are always literally on their toes, working round-clock to ensure that no weed grows on their political terrain. And of all elective positions in the state, the senatorial slots present a distinct case. The three senatorial districts in the state are Ogun East, West and Central. Since the country returned to civil rule in 1999, none of the senators elected on the platform of different political parties in Ogun has secured a re-election. A number of factors, intrigues and power play were said to be responsible for the development. Ogun East This Senatorial zone comprises nine out of the 20 local government councils in the state. The councils are Sagamu, Ikenne, Remo North, Odogbolu, Ijebu Ode, ...
Dear wen u get 2d world beyond pls tell Chief Obafemi Awolowo that we now pay school fees without going †ø school.
In his book,Adventure In Power:My March Through Prison,Chief Obafemi Awolowo did ask Chief Ladoke Akintola on what he,SLA said at the meeting he had with the Prime Minister together other Premiers where it was agreed that a "Prevention & Detention Act" was to be enforced in order to checkmate all "subversive elements" in the country,in response SLA told Pa Awo that he said nothing,Pa Awo then reminded him that shd such act be enforced he,Pa Awo will be the first victim. Now my dear Sen.Gbenga Kaka,APC i want to bring to your notice that shd this bill on 7yrs jail term for some of us unrepentant critics of insentive & anti-people policies by govt of the day becomes an Act,for sure most of us in the same party with you will be victims of such law.
GEJ etc. To my mind, whatever ill treatments we got in SA we deserved. I've taken the time to read through the eulogies since Mandela died and must confess that we-Nigerians are a group that appreciate outsiders and never our heroes. I might be wrong but that's the way I see it, I didn't see a super humanity in Mandela than what I saw in Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, late Chief Gani Fawehinmi and the late Sadauna of Sokoto. Awo was imprisoned and even lost his first son in prison while fighting for Nigeria's freedom but alas, no one seems to remember that as Nigerians but it is Mandela. Gani was imprisoned countless times by the military but no one voted him when he contested an election. All his efforts that brought us democracy today in addition to that of others are soon forgotten but in Mandela Nigerian now trust. South Africans will never celebrate your heroes. Mandela is being celebrated today because his people packaged him well I could recall my growing days when the fights of Nigerian against apar ...
"Your parents notice your fake friends before you do." - Chief Obafemi Awolowo 1960
Although my desire to serve has not been fully realized here on earth, my accomplishments in that respect are a sort of internal joy to me. I have a strong conviction of life after death and the possibility of my continuing to serve even after death. - Sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo
Something tells me that the late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo brought succour to the people of Western Nigeria than Dr.Nelson Mandela to the black community in South Africa. Come to think of it,what better parting gift can one give to his people that surpasses education?
Pls, tell me ur hero among these past African leaders; Nelson Mandela of S A, kwame Nkrumma of Ghana, Alhaj Tafawa Balewa of Nigeria, muhammed Gadaffi of Libia, Jomo kenyeta of Kenya, Chief Obafemi Awolowo of Nig
"In the process of bringing out the best that is in man, and of enabling him to live a healthy and happy life, the agencies of politics and religion must work in close and harmonious cooperation. The eradication of ignorance, disease and want is a matter of the utmost concern to politics as well as to religion." - Chief Obafemi Awolowo (in) a lecture to students of Adventist College of West Africa, Ilishan, Remo, on 27 January 1961.
COUNTDOWN TO ESOE CARNIVAL Sun Dec 15,2013-Yes,From Movie,to Music,To Infotech and now Poetry ,we have dem on Esoe Remo-Meet the Author of d book-The Political Moses-Poet Adedara Oduguwa,a book on d Sage Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo"hear him-even on a bike,we can travel & write about d World)meet him @ d Carnival.
When Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, I remember being struck by how old fashioned he seemed. He spoke with the language, cadence and manner of figures from the 1940s and 1950s. As someone who grew up in Nigeria, he reminded me of videos I had seen of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa and other great National Leaders from the post-colonial world who had led their countries to freedom. He had the same formal way of speaking, the same dignity of bearing, the same sense of history. And Mandela really was a throwback to an older time - of great leaders, who through courage and sheer willpower, changed the course of history. Twenty-seven years in prison had kept intact his manners but also his morals. His most important act was, of course, of forgiveness. He didn't just talk about reconciliation. He took painful actions to make it real. He learned the language of his oppressors and studied their culture. Even after the election of a new government and with a new co ...
Oh, who would tell the father of FREE AND COMPULSORY EDUCATION( CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO), that nigerians now pays school fees without going to school or with no Federal schools to attend? The offsprings of a lion now chews grasses! What a sad paradox??
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History is Repeating Itself The Old Era: “Chief Obafemi Awolowo wanted to control his region and from there attempt to spread his power base to other parts of the country. He introduced tribalism into our politics and successfully pulled out his region from the national movement of which the West was once the leading light under Herbert MacAulay and Dr. Azikiwe”. – Ochereome Nnanna (Vnaguard, 09/12/2013) ''The New Era: Bola Tinubu has taken control of his region and now making attempts to control other regions as he tried to instal Ngige in Anambra state. To ensure he fails like in the old era, we must do the needful in Imo State as we did in Anambra. The intention of these guys in APC is clear. Look at those that protested at INEC HQT. Did you see an Igboman? Na so them love us reach, yet an Igboman (including Dr. Onu) is not occupying any position in APC. It happened before...lets repeat it!!! Omezue Slik Austin
Think 1963, and it's State of Emergency in Yoruba land and the Imprisonment of Chief Obafemi Awolowo by the Hausa/Fulani. 1993, it's the Annulment of June 12, Assassination of Kudirat Abiola, the Murder of Chief MKO Abiola and its Replacement with Olusegun Obasanjo by the Hausa/Fulani. I would like to think that, when people look at 2015, they will instantly say: "Never again to the Gambari.
SOUTH WEST APC GOVERNMENT; A DISASTER FOR THE MASSES? The late Sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo said in his address to the then Members of Ondo State House of Assembly, in Akure on Friday 18th January 1980 and I quote ……… “ Out of our 80 million population, about 70 million live in abject poverty while about 60 million are actually starving and have for house shelters unsuitable for modern poultry or piggery. As against this soul- depressing picture, we have in our midst about 1,000 rich Nigerians who, in the past, cleverly rigged the sources of the wealth of our Nation, and are now tactically poised to oligolise all the munificent avenues of riches that may superior now and in the future. The rich, and the highly-placed in business, public life, and government are running a dreadful risk in their callous neglect of the poor and down trodden” The situation of our country today and especially in the south west here is not different from what Chief Awolowo said 33years ago. When the south westerners .. ...
What an interesting weekend, driving to Ondo town for a wedding, passing through Ile Ife, Iyanfoworogi, Abata Egba, Garage Olode, Ifetedo, Oramfe, Ile Oluji/Oke Igbo to Ondo, folks the whole area has changed but the road has not changed, It is still as solid as ever since Chief Obafemi Awolowo initiated the construction, the road otherwise known as "sina bole" (my people from Ile Ife should understand this better) was built by Soleh Boneh an Israeli company. Can"t our present visionless and armed robber leaders take a cue from Chief Obafemi Awolowo and give us good governance?
Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo is one of our past leaders that deserves to be honoured. May God touch our present leaders
It's not spending 27 years in prison for the offense Nelson Mandela did not commit that made him great, but spending 27 years in prison and after being freed,he still went on preaching RECONCILIATION and even went to the extent of inviting those that prosecuted and persecuted and put him in prison to lunch and he did wine and dine with them. How many Nigerian leaders can do that? Even Chief Obafemi Awolowo in his own lifetime couldn't forgive his adverseries let alone shaking hands with them. In fact,Madiba was heaven sent.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo left (the Premiership of the Western Region) of his own volition without advice to contest the federal election. In the federal election he contested but he had no alliances. Stubborn, aggressive, very hardworking, visionary leader that Awolowo was, he never understood real politics at any time. In real politics you have to look at the figures, you have to have allies- there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies. You must have some allies. Nigeria is too fragmented for you not to have allies. If you are counting in the presence of someone with nine fingers, you don't count in the person's presence and say 'so you have nine fingers'. We had a brilliant man called S.L. Akintola who understood real politics. Awolowo believed that book knowledge was so important but he (Akintola) knew better. A situation arose- Awolowo wanted to ally with the East and Akintola wanted to align with the North. So there was a crisis". These are interesting historical perspectives and insights from a ...
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