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Quotes for Today: ‘’No matter how dark the sky seems, the sun will always shine again’’ – Kathryn Mayer

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.” – Martin Luther King Jnr.

As new governments commence their political journeys, TERRIFIC HEADLINES welcomes incoming elected public functionaries and their counterparts who are returning to their various posts to continue serving their people. Congratulations!  Perhaps the legislative arms of the three tiers of Government have the most tasking roles to play at this critical juncture in Nigeria’s history of political development. So, it seems to TERRIFIC HEADLINES. This is majorly because of the reforms that have to be put in place to correct ills of the past and improve on the nation’s current deficiencies in order to hasten development. Nigeria has many brilliant and capable brains.  But the answer has in the past six decades been: ‘’Who will do it for Nigeria? Who are the patriots that would lead Nigeria into its place in destiny?’’ The answer is that we have them in abundance and they would only succeed in effecting the necessary changes by very strong determination, political will and respect for constitutional provisions.

If political leaders decide to move as they should do in governance, the process of change and reorientation of their societies, will manifest and we will witness true development.  But Nigerians need to join hands to build a better and more productive polity by getting more interested in civil democratic governance and how their affairs are managed by political leaders  Nigeria’s legislative arms comprise those who ‘’police the Executive branch’’ and are responsible for making laws for good governance. If they perform these tasks responsibly and patriotically, without seeking undue privileges, Nigeria will progress. If not, we remain on one spot. Members of the legislative branch could copy the resilience and determination of that Spanish explorer, Hernando de Soto, (1496-1542) who led the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States; emerging the first person documented to have crossed the Mississippi River.

Soto, upon reflection stated that: ‘’The present has finally prevailed; the past will not return; the future is here; we have the solid blocks to build a firm foundation therefrom, to secure a stable future.’’  If the national assembly behaves, Nigeria will grow. So we say welcome to legislators at the federal and State levels. all over Nigeria.  You have the opportunity to write your name on the positive pages of history; and vice-versa. And one of the ways progress could be recorded is for public officers and servants to abide by the oaths they took:

RESPECT FOR OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO NIGERIA: The interest of Nigeria must come first, and must supersede all other considerations.  The Oath-of-Office contained in Schedule 7 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic has the force of a law.  It states inter-alia that: ‘’I will perform my functions honestly to the best of my ability, faithfully and in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law, and the rules of the Senate/House of Representatives/ …… House of Assembly and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that I will strive to preserve the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and that I will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and that I will abide by the Code of Conduct contained in the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’’.      

From here, we bring you below for reflection and encouragement some sayings of great Nigerian nationalists who laid the foundation for the evolution of a modern Nigeria.  It might guide some of the anticipated challenges of governance..

“Today, Africa is a continent of COMPETING BEGGAR-NATIONS. We vie with one another for favours from our former colonial masters; and we deliberately fall over one another to invite neo-colonialists to come over to our different territories to preside over our economic fortunes … Unless a beggar resolutely shakes off, and irrevocably turns his back on, his begging habit, he will forever remain a beggar. For, the more he begs, the more he develops the beggar characteristics of lack of initiative, courage, drive and self-reliance.”  – Obafemi Awolowo, in an Address to 4th OAU Summit in Kinshasa (1967)

  • A man whose personality is fully developed never fears anything; he cringes not, and never feels inferior to anyone; His breadth of mind enables him to exercise his freedom in such a manner as not to endanger the interests and freedom of others. He is of the world – free from narrow prejudices. He is what he is because the three main constituents of his entity – his body, brain, and mind – are fully developed. Mens Sana in Corpore Sano!”  – Obafemi Awolowo -(1981) 
  • I am pleased to see that we are now all agreed that the Federal system is, under present conditions, the only sure basis on which Nigeria will remain united. We must recognize our diversity and the peculiar conditions under which the different tribal citizen communities live in this country – Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, 1957
  • When this day in October 1960 was chosen for our Independence, it seemed that we were destined to move with quiet dignity to our place on the world stage. Recent events have changed the scene beyond recognition, such that we find ourselves today being tested to the utmost. We are called upon immediately to show that our claims to responsible government are well-founded, and having been accepted as an independent state, we must at once play an active part in maintaining the peace of the world and in preserving civilization — Abubakar Tafawa Balewa – October 1, 1960
  • “Violence has never been an instrument used by us, as founding fathers of the Nigerian Republic, to solve political problems. In the British tradition, we talked the Colonial Office into accepting our challenges for the demerits and merits of our case for self-government. After six constitutional conferences in 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, and 1960, Great Britain conceded to us the right to assert our political independence as from October 1, 1960. None of the Nigerian political parties ever adopted violent means to gain our political freedom; and we are happy to claim that not a drop of British or Nigerian blood was shed in the course of our national struggle for our place in the sun. ‘’This historical fact enabled me to state publicly in Nigeria that Her Majesty’s Government has presented self-government to us on a platter of gold. ‘’Of course, my contemporaries scorned at me, but the facts of history are irrefutable. ‘’I consider it most unfortunate that our ‘Young Turks’ decided to introduce the element of violent revolution into Nigerian politics. No matter how they and our general public might have been provoked by obstinate and perhaps grasping politicians, it is an unwise policy.’’ –  Nnamdi Azikiwe; in his reaction to the first military coup in Nigeria, published on 16th January, 1966
  •  “The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership.” Many concerned Nigerians, foreign observers and leadership scholars have also attributed the pandemic poverty, diseases, corruption, and violence, ethical and moral decadence in our society as a result of bad leadership’’ – Chinua Achebe
  • ‘’I am convinced, and I want you also to be convinced, that the future of this vast country must depend, in the main, on the efforts of ourselves to help ourselves. This we cannot do if we do not work together in unity. Indeed, unity today is our greatest concern, and it is the duty of every one of us to work, so that we may strengthen it. This morning, I said in the House of Representatives that bitterness due to political differences would carry Nigeria nowhere, and I appealed to the political leaders throughout the country to control their party extremists. To you who are listening tonight, I repeat that appeal — Let us put away bitterness and go forward in friendship to Independence‘’  — Abubakar Tafawa Balewa; In his in his first speech as the Prime Minister of Nigeria, 1957.
  • “In the final analysis, the Nigerian tragedy has been bedeviled by a set of oppositions: generalized, stereotype, not necessarily of the same order and may be imaginary, yet each widening the wound and reducing the hope of healing it: north vs south, Islam vs Christianity, alleged feudalism vs assumed socialism, Federal vs unitary preferences, traditional authority vs achieved elitism, haves vs have-nots; each with sinister undertones of tension, irreconcilability and threatened withdrawal. “Each opposing set of these forces, had sufficient seed of truth within it to permit, and even fertilize the growth of feared fact from the semi-fiction of its existence. ‘’The search for the roots of the disaster of 1966, through the first military incursion into Nigerian politics, and subsequent destabilization of the political scene could be directed at the aforementioned factors; each sufficient to erupt into a political volcano.’’ – British Historian, AHM Kirk-Greene in his book: ‘Crisis and Conflict in Nigeria’.

INTRODUCING ‘TERRIFIC HEADLINES’ – PARTNERS IN THE NIGERIA PROJECT  (Originated by Femi Adelegan)

OUR GOAL: TOWARDS BUILDING A TRULY GREAT NIGERIA –TERRIFIC HEADLINES’ is an online is a non-political, not partisan information outfit that deals largely with setting the agenda in motion for discourse for the common good and in national interest. We deal largely with advocacy, public enlightenment and feedback activity designed to lift the spirit of Nigerians to higher levels of excellent and patriotic performances, as citizens’ collaborate with government to evolve more promising ways of constructing a ‘New Nigeria’ through commitment, dedication, patriotism, peaceful conducts and dialogue, as key ingredients of unity, peace, stability, and development. In welcoming public functionaries into their various offices, a quote by Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1970) might be helpful in encouraging all of us to do what is needful in our march towards building a virile polity: “If we are in the habit of practicing the opposite of what we preach, our admonition will not only lose their force and cogency, but also we ourselves will forfeit every claim to credibility. ‘’An ounce of example, it has been widely said, is far better than a ton of precepts.”  That great Nigerian patriot was evidently speaking about leadership by example. Elsewhere, Nelson Mandela asserted that: ”A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” This translates into embracing unity for the purpose of achieving results.

DIVERGENT OPINIONS – THE BEAUTY OF DEMOCRACY — WE ENCOURAGE & PUBLISH DIVERGENT OPINIONS: Clearly, something is wrong when everybody thinks the same way about issues, events and conducts of personalities given the principles of objectivity, subjectivity, as well as selective perception and retention that combine to shape human thoughts. Late Premier of the defunct Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo once asserted that: ‘’We must continue to expect disagreements among people, as wrangling or contention has a human trait, which will be exhibited under all, and any circumstances. “Even if all our problems were solved by God in one go, with all mankind having enough to eat and to wear; decent houses to live in, sound education, good health, happy homes, big cars, political freedom, godly and truly public-spirited rulers to administer our affairs etc., we will still argue among ourselves, at least, as to why God should bestow His bounty so generously on everyone!” Terrific Headlines believes that it is ideal for genuine and constructive criticisms to be made. If such happens in the hallowed Chambers, those who express their views must not be marked as enemies or adversaries.

 WE WELCOME PUBLISHABLE ARTICLES DONE IN GOOD FAITH: In accordance with our responsibilities, as gatekeepers,  we welcome opinions and publications from conscientious commentators, done in good faith and for posterity, in recognition of virtues and values that are worth reading and recording for the present and future generations.  We conduct our agenda-setting and feedback activities by providing the platform for communicative feedback to our audience, and encourage ideas and representations on how to CONSTRUCT A TRULY GREAT NIGERIA with the active partnership of the citizenry with Government.  Our intention is get as many patriots as possible, particularly our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora to contribute to efforts at CONSTRUCTING A TRULY GREAT NIGERIA.

OUR CONTRIBUTORS are encouraged to identify and promote the necessary ideals, as well as encourage dispassionate commentators, creative counsellors, and sincere intellectual advocates of development, through inspired reasoning, that could aid policy formulation and implementation for the common good. Nobody has monopoly of wisdom and it is our collective task to move Nigeria forward. And we have, since inception two years ago, operated as a pure professional and ethically responsible outfit remained passionately committed to this agenda. We are not sure how God will do it; but we are sure that Nigeria will soon become one of the greatest nations in the world because; simply because that is the promise of God. But we must do our own part for God to move. May the Good Lord bless Nigeria. (Kindly send all such publishable opinions to info@terrificheadlines.com, terrificheadlines@gmail.com,  

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