Awo’s legacy: Soundless residing on, By Eric Teniola


Chief Obafemi Awolowo

I attended a play honest lately at Glover Memorial Corridor at Broad Avenue, Lagos. Certain, the archaic Glover Corridor built and named in 1887 in honour of Sir John Hawley Glover who changed into as soon as Governor of Lagos Colony between 1864 and 1872. The hall has undergone a whole lot of repairs, thanks to the Lagos Disclose Executive. The title of the play changed into as soon as “AWO-THE MAN, HIS JEWEL AND…..In attendance had been the Vice President, Professor Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo (64),SAN, GCON and his wife, Oludolapo Osinbajo nee Soyode (54), a attorney, who is a granddaughter of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, GCFR, (6 March 1909- 9 Could well perchance 1987), the Lagos declare Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (56), the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Olufemi Hakeem Gbajabiamila(59) and the outgoing Executive Director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo (Jnr), 58 a attorney.The Neighborhood Managing Director of Odua Investment Company, Mr Wale Raji and his stunning wife, Lamide also attended along with Chief Segun Ojo, the Asiwaju of Emure in Owo Local Executive Location of Ondo declare, feeble Commissioner of Finance in Ondo Disclose and presently a Director in Odua Investment Company. Aremo Olusegun Osoba, the Akinrogun of Egbaland and twice elected Governor of Ogun declare came along with his wife Aderinsola Osoba, who is from the Onimole royal family in Isale Eko, Lagos. Chief justus Oluwagbemiga.

Daniel, (65)the fourteenth Governor of Ogun declare, Professor Bayo Williams, who grew to change into seventy honest lately and Abagun Kole Omololu of the social media platform, YORUBA CONSCIOUSNESS and his wife had been also there. Abagun omololu from Ikale in ondo declare, wore his excessive cap, his change designate.

Mr Seni Adio, SAN, a director in Odua Investment Company and one more director Mr Segun Olujobi had been also in attendance with their higher halves.

The crew contributors of the play had been Yemi Shodimu, Olaide Agboola, Edgar Joseph, Ladi Soyode, Olisa Adibua, Makinde Adeniran, Ifeanyi Eziukwu, Oluwatoyin Olokodana-James(Ph.D.), Kehinde Oretimeyi, Adedayo Liadi, Adenike Ayodele, Minna Davies, Adebunmi Adewale, Paul Abbah, Abiodun Abe, Wale Adeleke, Abe Busayo, Sulaimon Abimbola, Habeeb Balogun, Saheed Balogun Rahmon Balogun, Taiwo Adesoji and Musbau Afolabi.

The most critical actors of the play had been Shallom Matthew, Mojisola Kadiri, Adeyemi Adeshina, Ikponmwosa Gold, Stanley Okeke, Austin Onuoha and Segun Moses.

Other actors had been Moshood Fattah, Seyi Fasuyi, Nelson Orah, Toyin Osinaike, Stanley Okeke, Rasheed Aluko, Adeyemi Adeshina, Mawuyon Ogun, Nelson Orah, Yinka Davies, Jennifer Osammor, Omowunmi Segun, Aisha Onitiri, Eferoghene Awusa, Tosin Adeyemi, Oladotun Olagbadebo, Austin Onuoha, Ikponmwosa Gold, Omololu Sodiya and Seyi Fasuyi.

The play featured the most foremost roles played by Chief Awolowo, his wife, Chief Mrs Hannah Dideolu Idowu Awolowo (1915-2015), Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola(1910-1966), feeble Premier of Western Nigeria, the feeble deputy premier of Western Nigeria, Chief Victor Babaremilekun Adetokunbo Fani-Kayode (1921-1995), the feeble Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello (12 June 1910-15 January 1966), the slack Sardauna of Sokoto, the slack Premier of Eastern Nigeria, sir Michael Iheonukara Okpara (25 December 1920 – 17 December 1984) the feeble Governor of Lagos, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande (23 July 1929 – 11 February 2021), Segun Awolowo (Snr.) (January 1939-July 9, 1963) a attorney and others.

I realized the presence of the youths in the hall that day. I changed into as soon as weird about their astronomical presence and this residing me pondering. For the time being, no longer regularly assemble of us go to cinema halls to glance motion images no longer to keep up a correspondence of performs. The youthful points will use to be on Google or the fetch to glance something else in any appreciate. However for them to approach and glance a play at Glover Corridor for the time being of the evening appeared unpleasant to me. They occupy to had been motivated by what they’ve learn or viewed about Chief Awolowo. Streets, stadium and a whole lot of various initiatives had been named after Chief Obafemi Awolowo. However the youths that came to the hall that day didn’t ride the golden expertise of Chief Awolowo’s tenure as Premier of Western Nigeria. Unbiased straight away they’re witnessing a shattered country. Sadly they for the time being are witnessing a collapsing nation.

The Odua Investment Company contributed loads to the production of the play. Mr Wale Raji informed me later that the play will likely be staged in Ibadan presently, and he too changed into as soon as impressed in regards to the attendance on that day. The emotional aspect of the play changed into as soon as when Chief Awolowo, whereas in penal advanced, changed into as soon as informed in regards to the tragic loss of life of his first son, Segun, a attorney, who died in a automobile rupture along Lagos Ibadan avenue on July 9, 1963. Professor Osibajo didn’t assemble a speech before or after the play. He entirely went on stage to shake fingers with the actors together along with his wife Dolapo after the play. The play changed into as soon as a reincarnation of Chief Awolowo because the Premier of Western Nigeria and the top likely scheme he formed the Motion Neighborhood and the crisis that came inner the Motion Neighborhood. It’s impossible to seize Chief Awolowo’s achievements and legacy in a play, or in an editorial, journal or a book. If this present day there’s relative peace and stability in the Southwest, it goes to be traced to the foundation laid by Chief Awolowo in the topic coupled with the OMOLUWABI, BIBIRE AND ALAJOBI tradition among the many of us of that topic. It’s miles never any longer by chance that this present day, Awo’s disciples, are scattered in every single place the enviornment preaching his legacy and reminding us continually that there changed into as soon as a time when there changed into as soon as fantastic governance in the Western Space. For these that lived in that expertise, it changed into as soon as a romantic ride never to be forgotten. Besides free schooling for the time being, there changed into as soon as the emergence of co-operative societies and farm settlements.

Even then,college students most traditional the scholarship of western Nigeria to that of federal government

The applause at the discontinue of the play changed into as soon as unbelievable. Chief Awolowo died thirty four years previously but his legacy accrued lives on .

Mountainous writers occupy written so grand about Chief Awolowo before and after his loss of life.

I be unsleeping Chief Tola Adeniyi, Odia Ofeimun, Reuben Abati, Ayo Opadokun, Dare Babarinsa, Chief Ayo Ojewunmi, Lade Bonuola ,Sola Odunfa, Gbolabo Ogunsanwo, Femi Ogunsanwo, Banji Ogundele, Bayo Osiyemi, Peter Ajayi, Dayo Sobowale, Felix Adedapo Adenaike, Martins Oloja, Adegbamigbe Akinlaya, Wunmi Adegbonmire (alia Omo Ekun), Agboola Sanni, Nduka Onum, Peter Apesin, Fola Oredoyin, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Alfred Ilenre, Toye Akiyode, Muyiwa Adetiba, Rotimi Abe, Wunmi Akintunde,Labanji Bolaji, Segun Osoba, Lawrence Mofoluwashoun Olamiti, Areoye Oyebola, Lam Adesina, Biodun Oduwole, Banji Kuroloja, Ebenezer Oluwole Babatope and a whole lot of others.

It could actually well perchance also be the writings of these prominent males and females folks that brought these youths to Glover Corridor that evening. They occupy to had been motivated also by what they heard about Chief Awolowo.

A pair of years previously I changed into as soon as in the Abuja house in London at 2, Campden Hill, Kessington and I chanced on that the house changed into as soon as share of the property of the Western Space of Nigeria bought all thru the tenure of Chief Obafemi Awolowo because the Premier. The property changed into as soon as seized by the central government thru a decree promulgated by Total Yakubu Gowon, GCFR. At the present time, I assemble no longer know if any compensation changed into as soon as paid to the six states of what now know because the south west zone. Anytime I seek the advice of with London and I handed thru that house, I’m reminded that there changed into as soon as a time we had a regional government in Nigeria.

As printed in THE NIGERIAN TRIBUNE on Ninth Could well perchance, 2018, Chief Awolowo served as Premier of the Space from 1952-1959. He had grand success all thru his tenure. The visionary and economically sagacious Awo-led government had a form of achievements in conjunction with: the implementation of free In style Predominant Education, the institution of Africa’s first TV Web swear online, the pattern of West Africa’s first Skyscraper (Cocoa House)and first Global Stadium (Liberty) the institution of a prime rate Civil Provider, the pattern of Nigeria’s first Housing and Industrial Estates (Bodija and Ikeja) and so forth.

The biggest of his achievements is the Free In style Predominant Education.

In 1952 when the design changed into as soon as proposed, 381,000 formative years (about 30 per cent) had been enrolled in school. By 1955 when the design took off 811,432 formative years had been enrolled. And the numbers persevered to develop. The Executive devoted as grand as 41.2 per cent of its 1958/59 recurrent funds to Education, really apt doubtless the most highest in the enviornment at the time. “The Western topic of Nigeria, for the time being, changed into as soon as instructing extra formative years than anyplace in Africa.

However whereas remembering Chief Awolowo, I occupy to no longer put out of your mind that he led a fearless crew. Very prominent residing of of us served below him or had been round him. I be unsleeping Chief Akinola Maja, Chief S.O. Gbadamosi, Chief Bisi Onabanjo, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Chief Alfred Rewane, Chief S.O. Lanleyin, Chief Dosunmu, Chief Michael Ajasin, Chief Fadairo, Chief adegbite tinubu, Chief Bola Ige, Chief Adeleke Adedoyin, Chief S.T. Oredehin, Chief S.O. Sonibare, Chief J.S. Olawoyin, Chief Longe, Professor Sam Aluko, Professor Akin Mabogunje, Chief Babatola, Chief Taiwo Oredeyin, Professor Hezekiah Oluwasanmi, Dr. Sanya Onabamiro, Chief S.O. Adigun, Chief Michael Omisade, Chief Hon. C.D. Akran, Chief J.S. Olawoyin, Oba Alayeluwa Sir Adesoji Aderemi, the Hon. A.O. Adeyi, slack Sir Adeyemo Alakija, Alhaji Hon. D.S. Adegbenro, Chief Hon. A.O. Ogedengbe, Chief M.E.R. Okorodudu, Chief Hon. Gabriel Akin-Deko, Oba Alayeluwa Akenzua II, the Hon, Ayodele Okusaga, Chief Hon. Anthony Enahoro, Chief J.F. Odunjo, Chief Hon. J.O. Oshuntokun, Chief A.M.A. Akinloye ,Oba Alayeluwa Samuel Ademola, Chief (Dr.) J. Akanni Doherty, Chief F.O. Awosika, E.A. Babalola., S.O. Awokoya ,S. O. Ighodaro Esq., Chief Hon. Jonathan Akinremi Olawale Odebiyi, Chief F.R.A. Williams, Chief Bode Thomas, Sir Olateru Olagbegi, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Canon Emmanuel Alayande, Hon. S.O. Ikoku, Dr. Hon. E.O. Awoluche, Alhaji The Hon. Sule Maito and others. In later years, Professor Ambrose Alli, Chief Cornelius Adebayo, Chief Aderibigbe Adesanya, Chief Reuben Fasonranti, Chief Olaniwun Ajayi and others came discontinuance to him.

Minute doubt Chief Awolowo had the obligatory qualities of leadership. These are vision, courage, integrity, humility, focal point, co-operation and strategic planning. He had the courage and changed into as soon as engaging to seize chance in the achievements of his targets and successes. He had truthfulness in him which is the core of integrity. Integrity requires that you continually command the fact, to all of us, in every tell. Truthfulness is the foundation quality of the trust that is serious for the success of any industry. Chief Awolowo also had the ability to possess in strategic planning. Above all, he had focal point and he relied totally on the advice of his visitors. He changed into as soon as future oriented which is missing in most of our leaders this present day. He took deepest responsibility in all that he did neither did he apportion blame on his subordinates. He tried novel inventions and it labored. He tried novel experiments and he succeeded. He formed the Motion Neighborhood along with Chief Adeyiga Akinsanya, Chief Olatunji Dosunmu, Chief Samuel Olatunbosun Shonibare, Chief Ayo Akinsanya, Chief Abiodun Akerele among others.

Between April 28 and 29, 1951, the Motion Neighborhood held its inaugural convention in Owo, Ondo Disclose, Hon, Gaius Obaseki, Chief N.F. Mowarin, Chief Michael Ajasin and Chief Arthur Prest had been elected Vice President; Bode Thomas grew to change into the Total Secretary; Anthony Enahoro and S.O. Sonibare had been elected Assistant Secretaries whereas S.O. Ighodaro grew to change into Treasurer; S.T. Oredeinde Administrative and S.L. Akintola and M.E.R. Okorodudu grew to change into Factual Advisers. Nonetheless it changed into as soon as no longer all that subtle inner the Motion Neighborhood. The birthday party grew to change into factionalised. On July 7 1962, the following had been expelled from the birthday party. They’re Chief S.L. Durosaro, Chief O. Tobun, Chief E.O. Okunowo, Chief F.O. Awosika, A.F. Odulana, Oba C.D. Akran, Chief Abiodun Akerele, J.O. Adigun, A.O. Adedeji, S.O. Ogundipe, Chief A.O. Adeyi, Chief A.M.A. Akinloye, S.O. Fajimi, Duro Ogundiran, E.A. Ogundiran, E.A. Lagunju, S. Hunponu Wusu, S.A. Sanni, Lasisi Ajimobi, L.O. Aniyi, D.O. Arowolo, N.A. Adibi, E.O. Oke, R.A. Lana, S.A. Adeniya, J.L. Tifase and Chief Samuel Adegbite Tinubu(June 26 1923-Could well perchance 15 2014) alias Baba Deinbo.

Chief Awolowo later served as Minister of Finance between 1967 and 1971 and changed into as soon as succeeded

by Alhaji Usman Shehu Aliyu Shagari(25 February 1925- 28 December 2018)GCFR Chief Obafemi

Awolowo changed Nigeria’s foreign money to naira all thru his tenure as Minister of Finance.

He’s accrued the tell in the Nigeria politics even till this present day.

The most memorable speech Chief Awolowo ever made changed into as soon as the speech he delivered on Could well perchance 1 1967 after he changed into as soon as made the chief of the Yorubas at Ibadan. For the great thing about all, I fancy to breed the stout assertion of that speech as a result of the points he raised 54 years previously ,in that speech are accrued relevant this present day. On that day he declared “The goal of a frontrunner can also accrued be the welfare of the of us whom he leads. I if truth be told occupy used ‘welfare’ to indicate the bodily, mental and non secular well-being of the of us. With this goal mounted unflinchingly and unchangeably before my eyes I mediate about it my accountability to Yoruba of us in particular and to Nigerians on the total, to topic four imperatives before you this morning. Two of them are explicit and two are conditional. Simplest a accrued retort will occupy to be found to arrest the ticket worsening stalemate and restore normalcy. The Eastern Space will occupy to be encouraged to stay share of the Federation. If the Eastern Space is allowed by acts of omission or commission to secede from or decide out of Nigeria, then the Western Space and Lagos must also take care of out of the Federation. The of us of Western Nigeria and Lagos can also accrued seize part in the advert hoc committee or any an analogous physique entirely on the foundation of absolute equality with the a form of areas of the Federation”.

I’d fancy to comment snappy on these four imperatives. There has, of slack, been a total lot of sabre rattling in some parts of the country. Of us that recommend the exercise force for the settlement of our ticket considerations can also accrued discontinue rather of and think. I will glance no critical and abiding concept taking into consideration any warfare between the North and the East. If the East attacked the North, it will perhaps most likely well well be for reason of revenge pure and simple. Any pronounce to the contrary could well perchance be untenable. Whether it is miles claimed that such a warfare is being waged for the reason of making improvements to the valid and deepest properties left in the support of in the North by Easterners two insuperable points are glaring. At the origin, the deepest effects left in the support of by Easterners had been wholly looted or destroyed, and can no longer be bodily recovered. Secondly, as a result of the valid properties are immovable in case of recovery of them can entirely be thru forcible protection force occupation of these parts of the North wherein these properties are positioned. On the a form of hand, if the North attacked the East, it will perhaps most likely well perchance entirely be for the reason of extra strengthening and entrenching its region of dominance in the country.

Whether it is miles claimed that an assault on the East goes to be launched by the Federal Executive and no longer by the North as such and that it is miles designed to make certain the solidarity and integrity of the Federation, two a form of insuperable points also change into glaring. First, if a warfare against the East becomes a necessity it will likely be agreed to unanimously by the closing items of the Federation. In this connection, the West, Mid- West and Lagos occupy declared their implacable opposition to the exercise of force in solving the ticket derive 22 situation. In the face of such declarations by three out of closing four territories of Nigeria, a warfare against the East could well perchance entirely be a warfare favoured by the North by myself. 2nd, if the marvelous reason of such a warfare is to lend a hand the solidarity and integrity of the Federation, then these ends could well additionally be completed by the quite easy devices of imposing the advice of the committee which met on August 9 1966, as reaffirmed by a resolution of the protection force leaders at Aburi on January 5 1967 to boot to by accepting such of the calls for of the East, West, Mid-West and Lagos as are manifestly reasonable, and foremost for assuring harmonious relationships and accrued co-existence between them and their brothers and sisters in the North.

Some knowledgeable contributors occupy likened an assault on the East to Lincoln’s warfare against the southern states in The United States. Two critical factors distinguish Lincoln’s advertising campaign from the one now being contemplated in Nigeria. The principle is that the American civil warfare changed into as soon as geared in direction of the abolition of slavery – that is the liberation of thousands and thousands of Negroes who had been then accrued being used as chattels and worse than domestic animals. The 2nd element is that Lincoln and others in the northern states had been English-speaking of us waging a warfare of fantastic judgment of correct and vulgar and humanity against their fellow nationals who had been also English speaking. A warfare against the East wherein Northern soldiers are predominant, will entirely unite the Easterners or the Ibos against their attackers, enhance them in their belief that they are no longer wished by the majority of their fellow-Nigerians, and at final push them out of the Federation.

We occupy now been informed that an act of secession on the share of the East could well perchance be a signal, in the most foremost instance, for the introduction of the COR declare by decree, which could well perchance be backed, if want be, thru force. With mountainous appreciate, I if truth be told occupy some dissenting observations to assemble on this declaration. There are 11 nationwide or linguistic groups in the COR areas with a total inhabitants of 5.3 thousands and thousands. These nationwide groups are as distinct from one one more because the Ibos are distinct from them or from the Yorubas or Hausas. Of the 11, the Efik/Ibibio/Annang nationwide community are 3.2 million right as against the Ijaws who are entirely about 700,000 right. Ostensibly, the closing nine nationwide community number 1.4 thousands and thousands. However must you occupy got subtracted the Ibo inhabitants from among them, what is left ranges from the Ngennis who number entirely 8,000 to the Ogonis who are 220,000 right. A decree rising a COR declare with out a plebiscite to study the wants of the peoples in the problem, would entirely quantity to subordinating the minority nationwide groups in the declare to the dominance of the Efik/Ibibio/Annang nationwide community. It’d be perfectly in affirm to create a Calabar declare or a Rivers declare by decree, and with out a plebiscite. Every is a homogeneous nationwide unit. However before you lump distinct and numerous nationwide items together in a single declare, the consent of every of them is indispensable. In another case, the seed of social disequilibrium in the novel declare would had been sown.

On the a form of hand, if the COR Disclose is created by decree after the Eastern Space shall occupy made its severance from Nigeria efficient, we can also accrued then be waging an unjust warfare against a foreign declare. It’d be an unjust warfare, as a result of the reason of it will perhaps most likely well well be to seize away 10 minorities in the East from the dominance of the Ibos entirely to subordinate them to the dominance of the Efik/Ibibio/Annang nationwide community. I mediate I if truth be told occupy stated ample to point out that any warfare against the East, or vice versa, on any depend whatsoever, could well perchance be an unholy crusade, for which it will perhaps most likely well well be most unjustifiable to shed a tumble of Nigerian blood. Subsequently, entirely a accrued retort will occupy to be found, and snappy too to arrest the ticket deteriorating stalemate and restore normalcy.

In regards to the 2nd explicit crucial, it is miles my really apt scrutinize that whereas about a of the calls for of the East are excessive inner the context of a Nigerian union, most of such calls for are no longer entirely well based mostly, but are designed for subtle and right association amongst the numerous nationwide items of Nigeria.

The dependence of the Federal Executive on monetary contributions from the areas? These and a form of such fancy calls for I assemble no longer pork up. Demands equivalent to these, if permitted, will lead undoubtedly to the total disintegration of the Federation which is never any longer in the curiosity of our of us. However I wholeheartedly pork up the following calls for among others, which we mediate about reasonable and most of which are already embodied in our memoranda to the Ad Hoc Committee.

That earnings can also accrued be allocated strictly on the foundation of derivation; that is to pronounce after the Federal Executive has deducted its have portion for its have products and services the leisure can also accrued be allocated to the areas to which they’re attributable.

That the present public debt of the Federation can also accrued change into the responsibility of the areas on the foundation of the placement of the initiatives in appreciate of every debt whether inner or external.

That every topic can also accrued occupy and take care of a watch by itself militia and police force.

That, with instant discontinue, all protection force personnel can also accrued be posted to their areas of origin….

If we are to are residing in harmony one with one more as Nigerians it is miles crucial that these calls for and others which are no longer linked can also accrued be met with out extra delay by these which occupy hitherto resisted them. To these that could also argue that the acceptance of these calls for will quantity to remodeling Nigeria correct into a federation with a oldschool central government, my comment is that any link nonetheless tenuous, which retains the East in the Nigerian union, is higher in my scrutinize than no link in any appreciate.

Ahead of the Western delegates went to Lagos to support the conferences of the advert hoc committee, they got a clear mandate that if any topic can also accrued decide out of the Federation of Nigeria, then the Federation can also accrued be really apt to be at an discontinue, and that the Western Space and Lagos can also accrued also decide out of it. It could actually well perchance then be up to Western Nigeria and Lagos as an just sovereign declare to enter into association with any of the Nigerian items of its have picking, and on phrases mutually acceptable to them. I glance no trigger of departing from this mandate. If any topic in Nigeria considers itself right ample to compel us to enter into association with it by itself phrases, I’d entirely wish such topic luck. However such luck, I occupy to warn, will, in the long bustle be no higher than that which has attended the doings of all colonial powers down the ages. This grand I occupy to claim to boot, on this point. We occupy now neither protection force could well well nor the overwhelming earnings of numbers right here in Western Nigeria and Lagos. However now we occupy justice of a obedient and imperishable trigger on our aspect, particularly: the fantastic of a of us to unfettered self-resolution. If right here is so, then God is on our aspect, and if God is with us then now we occupy nothing whatsoever on this world to dread.

The fourth crucial, and the 2nd conditional one has been fully dealt with in my most up-to-date letter to the Army Governor of Western Nigeria, Col. Robert Adebayo, and in the representation which your deputation made final year to the pinnacle of the Federal Army Executive, Lt. Col. Yakubu Gowon. As a matter of fact, as a long way support as November final year a smaller meeting of leaders of opinion on this Space decided that unless clear things had been done, we would no longer seize part in the meeting of the advert hoc committee. However since then, no longer even really apt one of our expedient requests has been granted. I will, due to this fact, seize no extra of your time in making extra feedback on a degree with which you are well acquainted. As presently as our humble and earnest requests are met, I shall be willing to seize my topic on the advert hoc committee. However undoubtedly, no longer before.

In closing, I if truth be told occupy this allotment of recommendation to present. In affirm to acquire to the bottom of amiably and in the entirely pursuits of all Nigerians clear attributes are required on the share of Nigerian leaders, protection force to boot to non-protection force leaders alike, particularly: vision, realism and unselfishness. However above all , what will take care of Nigerian leaders in the North and East unwaveringly in the hotfoot of files, realism and moderation is courage and steadfastness on the share of Yoruba of us in the end of what they sincerely imagine to be fantastic, equitable and correct. Prior to now 5 years we in the West and Lagos occupy proven that we possess these qualities in an spectacular measure. If we point out them again as we did previously, flippantly and heroically, we are in a position to avoid wasting Nigeria from extra bloodshed and forthcoming rupture and, at the an analogous time, lend a hand our freedom and self-appreciate into the bargain.

Could well perchance God rule and handbook our deliberations right here, and endow the total Nigerian leaders with the vision, realism, and unselfishness to boot to courage and steadfastness in the end of fact, which the ticket instances quiz.”

Eric Teniola, a feeble director in the Presidency, writes from Lagos.

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