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NIGERIA’S REVOLT AT THE 1965 COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE IN LONDON

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Nigeria has a glorious history with regard to decolonization and participation in global and international events on platforms provided by the United Nations, the African Union, the Commonwealth, the Economic Community of West African States, and the Non-Aligned Movement. Nigeria occupied the much-coveted position of President of the General Assembly of the United-Nations in the 1980s, when Major-Gen. Joseph Nanven Garba was Nigerias Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations. Nigerias Chief Emeka Anyaoku has served as the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth. Also, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has served as co-chairman of the Commonwealth, chairman of the African Union, Non-Aligned Movement, and lately co-chairman of the Ex World Presidents Council. Nigerias Prof. Ibrahim Gambari was UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs for several years, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin served meritoriously as head of the United Nations Population Fund, and Lt. Gen. Chikadibia Obiakor (a retired Officer of the Nigerian Army was until 2010 the Military Adviser, Assistant Secretary General Office of Military Affairs, United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations (UNDPKO) In addition, Professor Michael Abiola Omolewa has served as the President of the 32nd General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) To cap it all, Ms. Amina J. Muhammed is the current Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. I must confess that I never knew the importance of the large size of Nigeria and the advantages of staying together until I listened to Dr. Christopher Kolade deliver a speech at the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom. A highly cerebral personality, Dr. Kolade asserted that a fragmented Nigeria would only give birth to weaker constituent parts with weaker bargaining powers in global politics. However, advocates of true practice of federalism would be glad to know that Western Region government (1965) had an Agent-General, Chief J.O. Omolodun to represent its interests in the United Kingdom. Photograph displayed below. The recognition accorded by Nigeria as watched on television at the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in London actually prompted me to go into the archive to bring out this piece, as recorded by late Chief S.T. Adelegan, deputy speaker, defunct post-independence Western Region House of Assembly as recorded in his autobiography: THE PART TO PLAY. I had the feeling that Nigeria is indeed a great nation and is destined to be greater if all of us play our parts well. For instance, Nigeria, with Africa as the…

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