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Tafawa Balewa’s Leadership and Nigeria’s glorious past versus today’s “leadership” that brings shame to MOST Nigerians

http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/USG-1H.aspx#ooid=9ucnB3MToQcDHYvhQAzgYGBt8QVklqvf

http://saharareporters.com/news-page/disgraced-former-ireland-prime-minister-made-n63-million-giving-speech-ogun-state-investor

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4 Comments on “Tafawa Balewa’s Leadership and Nigeria’s glorious past versus today’s “leadership” that brings shame to MOST Nigerians”

  1. ADEYEMI Says:

    Watching that video clip made me thankful to Dr Opawoye for sharing it to at least update my records and archives about the past glorified ignoramuses we have been electing as leaders. The question in my own mind was why the large entourage following Tafawa Balewa? Could it be for them to have first hand experience of industrialization going on in America? If so, when they returned, what were the sincere moves back home to begin journey for Nigeria’s transformation? Nothing! They all came back to continue playing their usual politicking the evil ways. One would have expected them to play along with the vision of Awolowo. Why not try to duplicate what Awolowo was experimenting in the South West?

    Today, one can see Amechi in Rivers trying to surpass what Fashola is doing in Lagos. If Tafawa Balewa had been pragmatic enough, the Boko Haram disaster going on wouldn’t have arisen. The clarity of that archival video is another showcase of America’s desire and efforts to sustain greatness. Do we have such records in our own archives to be proud of? How many of the generations born since 70s have access to such archives? Endless questions without answers all the time.

    Anyway, we can continue to encourage ourselves to fashion a way to force the present crops of leaders to begin behaving as leaders and not competitors in power corridors. Many like Ajasin, Jakande, Balarabe Musa, Akande, etc have done it in govt houses. Is there hope for GEJ to wake up? I doubt it because he has continued to exhibit actions portending a disastrous regime!
    Let’s begin to encourage Nigerians to learn how to choose leaders objectively and not subjectively. Otherwise, the circus shows to doom will continue to the detriment of people of African descent.

    -Adetoye, Boston USA

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Hi, Mr. Adetoye, and great to read from you, as always.

      I agree we have a long way to go in archiving materials – good and bad because we have to record every step we take as a country or else the problems of the past keep recurring.

      The perspectives – as were the education and world view – of leaders of the past partly mitigated against them because you couldn’t lead when you personally had no idea where the roads were or where they would lead. That’s why Nigeria will forever miss the leadership denied Obafemi Awolowo.

      Now, as for the Amosuns of the Southwest – and Nigeria, their education – or mis-education – and experiences from the junketing around the world do not show in their governance styles. I think government by panels and workshops that permeate from federal to state to even local government that now predominate will get us nowhere except to the poor house considering the amount being squandered on them.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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      • Falade A.G. Says:

        ‘That’s why Nigeria will forever miss the leadership denied Obafemi Awolowo.’
        Why was it not possible to clone him? Reason: it is impossible to inherit spiritual abilities! Believe it or not, I heard from a circle that Papa Awo’s origin was high. So, we continually come to the same point: we need iSpirits (a salute to Steve Jobs ingenuity; I wish him a joyful activity in the great beyond).

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      • emotan77 Says:

        Thanks, Prof.

        “isprits”, indeed, PLUS a good dosage of the will to take our collective destiny in our hands cause – to put a twist on words from the Anglican Common Prayer Book – there’s hardly any in government at all levels “that fighteth for us/”

        Regards,
        TOLA.

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