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RECOGNITION, ROLE MODELLING & GOOD GOVERNANCE

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Virtually all reasonable personalities strive to leave indelible marks on the sands of time. This goal calls for rising to challenges of reaching goals, dedication, selflessness and effectiveness. People of both genders who succeed know that the path to recognition and greatness in usually rough and entails much sacrifice.  They toiled and laboured while others rested.  This is the type of feeling that made Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s Governor-General at independence on 1st October, 1960 assert that: ‘’My stiffest earthly assignment is ended and my major life’s work is done. ‘’My country is now free and I have been honoured to be its first indigenous head of state. What more could one desire in life?’’ Good conducts are evident in characters and commitments by human beings. They are the types that could provoke reactions on the Floor of the British Parliament on 15th July, 1960 in debates for Nigeria’s independence. Mr Norman Williams, British MP who represented Kirkdale Liverpool, had this to say about Nigeria’s pre-independent leaders:’’The three Regional Premiers, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto,  in the North; Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the West, and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe in the East, the same doctor (Nnamdi Azikiwe) who, in my days, was the stormy petrel of Nigerian politics and who, today, is the respected President of the Senate;  with perhaps even greater prospects before him—to all those I would equally pay tribute. But I should also like to join the right hon. Member for Middlesbrough, East (Mr. Marquand) in expressing my own sense of appreciation of the Prime Minister  of the Federation, Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, who is one of the outstanding statesmen of the day, whether in Africa or elsewhere. I feel certain that under his guidance the future of Nigeria can be well assured’’ (The Hansard) OPPOSITION MORE IRRESPONSIBLE THAN GOVERNMENT: Our political forebears coordinated their personal interests for the common good and remained in constant touch with the people. They served with dedication, honesty, loyalty and above all the fear of God.  They demonstrated integrity and loyalty to the people and this ensured their love and acceptability by their constituents. They never alienated themselves from their people. These virtues made the then Colonial Secretary to remark that: Colonial Secretary remark that: ‘’Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who has taken on the job of Leader of Opposition,  He, too, has an important job to do. He too, doubtless, will from time to time incur difficulties…

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