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THE BEGINNING OF THE COLLAPSE OF THE FIRST REPUBLIC REMEMBERING SHADRACH TITUS ADELEGAN: A GREAT NIGERIAN

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In remembrace of Chief S.T. Adelegan, Deputy Speaker, Western Region House of Assembly from 1960 to 1965, TERRIFIC HEADLINES brings into your homes an account of the Western Region of Nigeria Legislature that is capable of teaching political leaders some lessons to act in public and national interest to protect our current democratic experience. It is also a useful account for power chroniclers and students of Politics, History, International Relations and others who may wish to know more about democracy in Nigeria. This is being published to mark the 11th anniversary of the passing into glory of Baba Adelegan, who was described as a honest patriot, educationist, politician and humanist who passed through this world and left indelible marks on the sands of time. QUOTE OF THE WEEK: AFRICA HAS COME OF AGE Africa has come of age. Its no longer under the orbit of any extra-continental power. It should no longer take orders from any country, however powerful. The fortunes of Africa are in our hands to make, or to mar. For too long, have we been kicked around: for too long have we been treated like adolescents who cannot discern their interests and act accordingly. For too long, it has been presumed that the African needs outside experts to tell him who are his friends and who are his enemies. The time has come when we should make it clear that we can decide for ourselves; that we know our own interests and how to protect those interests; that we are capable of resolving African problems without presumptuous lessons in ideological dangers which, more often than not, have no relevance for us, nor for the problem at hand.” – Late Gen. Murtala Ramat Muhammed in a speech delivered at a Special Session of the Organization of African Unity 1975. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx TERRIFIC HEADLINES POLITICS THE BEGINNING OF THE COLLAPSE OF THE FIRST REPUBLIC The practice of civil democratic governance commenced in Nigeria through the 1922 constitution through which a handful of representatives to the Legislative Council were elected. Before the termination of the First Republic by the military coup of January 15, 2017, politicians that inherited the mantle had begun mastering the skills with increasing fervour. The politics of nationalism gave way to the politics of development that characterized self-rule in the different regions from 1957. What accounted for the disruptions? Since History, Civics, and Hygiene are no longer…

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