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REMINISCENCES: A PEEP INTO THE PAST – NIGERIA’S LEADERS IN THE EYES OF THE BRITISH

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Politicians of the First Republic have always been praised for their excellent conduct concerning good governance and national interest. They really tried their best. But they certainly were not infallible because only the Creator is perfect. Divergence of opinions is one of the virtues of democracy. While crediting with functional roles, politicians of the pre-independence ear and the First Republic must also take responsibility for the collapse of democracy. But what we must do is to copy the salient examples they laid while shunning the acts of intolerance, tribalism and religious matters that contributed to the collapse of democracy. INTERESTING & GLORIOUS PAST: Nigeria has a very interesting past concerning nationalist struggles that won independence for the country. An area that most probably matches pre-independence activism was the struggle for the decolonization of Africa in which Nigeria’s third-generation leaders, even in the military era excelled. Today, we peep into the past to bring you some of those fascinating reactions. First, the debates for Nigeria’s independence on the Floor of the British Parliament; followed by some quotes that serve to encourage good governance. Now, how do you react to Nnamdi Azikiwe’s tag as a very irresponsible leader in his pursuit of independence for Nigeria; or Obafemi Awolowo as leader of Opposition that is somewhat irresponsible? Please be at ease because these descriptions were not applied derogatorily. And even if it was, the venue of the utterances granted the speakers the freedom and immunity to speak as they did. NNAMDI AZIKIWE – A stormy petrel who was a little irresponsible in his manner, but he was a very great, magnetic leader – British Parliament OBAFEMI AWOLOWO: Opposition, being somewhat more irresponsible than the Government, often finds it more difficult to make up their mind. TAFAWA BALEWA: 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. LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE – PARTISANSHIP ENDED WITH ELECTIONS – Mallam Adamu Fika from whom we have drunk huge wealth of experience as an astute retired bureaucrat has argued that Nigerians must know much about the past in order to be able to chart a course for the development of the nation. Adamu Fika asserts that: First Republic politicians were leaders who sincerely believed in, and faithfully practiced the best tenets of democracy; and were always guided in all…

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