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
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
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
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