Tafawa Balewa:Our Hero

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 along but they told him the that the PM

had gone on vacation.

The photojournalist then asked to which country but he was

shocked when they told him the PM went to spend the vacation

in his own village. To satisfy his curiosity, he decided to travel

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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 from the farmer the house of

the PM. The photojournalist was again left speechless when the

farmer told him that he had just left the PM and that if he gets

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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. This is the picture that he took. May the labours of

our heroes past never be in vain.. Nigeria has all it takes to become the greatest

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nation on earth. All we need 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.