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TRIBUTES — HOW AZIKIWE; AWOLOWO & AHMADU BELLO WERE COMMENDED ON THE FLOOR OF THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT

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Whoever has the time to read and go into the history of the political development of Nigeria would undoubtedly be fascinated by the patriotic contributions of First Republic politicians, particularly with regard to attaining freedom for Nigeria through constitutional talks in London and Nigeria. Apart from its inherent potency of making Nigerians proud of the very brilliant efforts of the leaders of that age, it is to be noted that this could also infuse the feelings of empathy in the growing generation. Those leaders were embodiments of intellect, knowledge, patriotism, resilience and commitment to the common good. One constant truth is that those great leaders were out to serve the people and left indelible marks on the sands of time. It was not about their pockets, but about the people. It is interesting to note that most of those leaders were within ages 30-50 when they left records of service that are yet to be beaten today, giving one the tendency to suggest that people coming forward to canvass for our votes in order to lead should be made to regard it as a condition precedent to read about Nigeria’s humble beginnings and sit for examinations on how these great Nigerians exhibited the spirit of great patriotism and passion for vision and long range planning. These examinations could be by way of the electorate quizzing their intending representatives in government. It is very important that intending representatives must convince their constituents about their ability to defend their interests. This might be imperative these days when emphasis across political parties is to submerge programmes of political parties, and plans that representatives and contestants have for the citizenry in vulgar abuse. Issues are relegated to the background for mundane matters to be accorded attention. Poverty has combined with affluence to derails what is ideal in representative democracies. Who bothers any longer immediately money is available in sufficient quantities to purchase voter cards instead of asking politicians what they have for the populace by way of programmes and policies. The issue of turn by turn politics has not made things better. Merit is no longer one of the important requirements. EXAMPLES OF DISPASSIONATE ACTIONS: Very recently, I made an allusion to the Western Regional arrangement when Obafemi Awolowo was premier. At that time, Adeleke Adedoyin, (lovingly addressed as ‘’Seriki n Tulasi) by his peers was hon. Speaker. Justice Adetokunbo Ademola was Chief Justice…

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