17th January 2018
Nigeria: Lessons from Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa’s Low Profile Stance!
By a press release (13/06/17)
A must read story and hopefully lessons will be learnt by our African politicians who are a far cry from the Balewa types that Africa need.
It was in the year 1963 and Nigeria's first and only Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa took his annual leave and was off to his village to spend it. Then a British photojournalist came to see him but they told him that the PM had gone on vacation. (Pictured by a British photojournalist: Tafawa Balewa, sitting on the mat with his children).
The photojournalist then asked to which country but he was shocked when they told him that the PM went to spend the vacation in his own village. To satisfy his curiosity, he decided to travel to the village. But on getting to the village, there was no sign that a big man was in town. Everyone went on their normal business and the village was peacefully quiet.
Then he met a farmer along the way with his donkey carrying bales of sugarcane, and he asked the farmer the direction of the PM’s house. The photojournalist was again left speechless when the farmer told him that he had just left the PM and that if he gets to the PM's house, which he described, he would meet him sitting on the bare floor with his kids enjoying the sugarcane that he gave them.
The British photojournalist was dazed when he reached the PM's home. He took the picture showing the PM sitting with his children. It was an eye opener for the British journalist who noticed a different politician from the other flamboyant African leaders.
Today, many African politicians are vagabonds and thieves in power, who disturb an entire city with sirens and their empty noises of vanity. All they care about is looting the treasury of their nations and insult the common intelligence of electorates with embarrassing incompetence.
Nigeria, like other African nations, has all it takes to become the greatest nation on earth. All Africa needs are visionary, dedicated and inspiring leaders and not the shameless rogues and incorrigibly kleptomaniac bandits who lie, rob, cheat, rig and kill their way to power.
WHEN IT IS TIME TO VOTE, REMEMBER YOUR UNBORN CHILDREN. HAVE A NICE