Lessons From Nnamdi Azikwe and Tafawa Balewa – (Words And Life)
It is easy to get carried away with the childish politics we witness today and forget that Nigeria has produced sophisticated intellectuals like Obafemi Awolowo, Tafawa Balewa and Nnamdi Azikwe. Men who not only displayed the beauty of education at its best, but also connected with the folks at the grassroots level.
Sir Ahmadu Bello, and the ruling class of his time represented the best of regional sentiments of their time, but still put nationalistic interest as priority. They represent what the current crop of Nigerian politicians should aspire for, but are not.
In present-day Nigeria, intellectualism is so far removed from politics, that when we see bright minds try to run for office, we begin to pity them rather than align with them. We see them as wasting their time and resources, rather than championing their cause.
If we as Nigerians believe the time has come to witness a positive change in our fortunes, then it is time we take a serious look at those at the helm of affairs. Square Pegs in Square Holes.
The body can never be better than its head, a nation can never be better than its leaders, the future belongs to those who work for it.