Do you know Obafemi Awolowo predicted Jonathan’s presidency, Boko Haram?

According to Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria’s independence, was a man who saw tomorrow. Unlike clerics of today who make predictions that never come to past, Awolowo have made predictions and many of them have been fulfilled.

He predicted the emergence of Goodluck Jonathan as president and the conflict that is ongoing in the northeast of Nigeria started by the Islamist sect, Boko Haram. Some of Awolowo’s prediction date back as far as 1947. Thanks to Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, Nigerians can enjoy some of the most popular quotes and prediction by Awolowo.

Here are some quotes by the former Federal Commissioner of Finance.

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Awo on an Ijaw Presidency of Nigeria

“I look forward to the day – not in the far distant future – when an Ijaw would be President of our Republic, and a Birom his Vice or vice versa.”

– Speech at the UPN’s First Campaign (1978): In Voice of Wisdom (1981)

Awo On Future Conflicts

“The seed for a future minority problem in the North has been sown by the Government. It will grow with growing political consciousness on the part of those who settle permanently in the North.”

– Path to Nigerian Freedom. 1947

Awo On The Risk That The Few Rich Are Running

“We have in our midst about 1,000 rich Nigerians who in the past cleverly rigged the sources of the wealth of our nation, and we are now tactically poised to oligopolise all the munificent avenues of riches that may supervene now and in the future. The rich, and the highly-placed in business, public life, and government, are running a dreadful risk in their callous neglect of the poor and down-trodden.”

– Address delivered to Ondo House of Assembly (/980): Voice of Wisdom, 1981.

Awo’s Self-Assessment As A Leader

“While many men in power and public office are busy carousing in the midst of women of easy virtue and men of low morals, I, as a few others like me, am busy at my desk thinking about the problems of Nigeria and proffering solutions to them. Only the deep can call to the deep.”

Awo on State Police

“Under my proposals, Police is a residual subject, because the immediate problem of maintaining law and order can only be properly and more effectively tackled by the State Government.”

– The Strategy and Tactics of the Peoples’ Republic of Nigeria, 1970.

Awo on Population As Basis Of Sharing Revenue

“In a country where the accuracy of the census figures is so much in acrimonious dispute, it is gross and aggravating provocation to urge that population should be used as a basis of sharing what belongs to others who are much fewer in number.”

-The Strategy and Tactics of the People’s Republic of Nigeria, 1970.

Awo On Creation of More States for Minorities

“The creation of the Mid- West State will be the beginning of a journey which may be short or long but which will irresistibly bring Nigeria to the goal of true federalism and more States, and of individual freedom and happiness for all our people.”

– Awolowo and Nigerian Federalism, 1988.

Awo On Nigeria As Created By The British

“It is incontestable that the British not only made Nigeria, but also hand it to us whole on their surrender of power. But the Nigeria, which they handed over to us, had in it the forces of its own disintegration. It is up to contemporary Nigerian leaders to neutralize these forces, preserve the Nigerian inheritance, and make all our people free, forward-looking and prosperous. ”

– The Peoples’ Republic, 1968.

Awo on Self-Seeking African Leaders

“Africa has produced more self-seeking leaders than public-spirited ones. But, thank goodness, the masses of the people remain largely unspoilt and uncorrupted, and are developing fast the technique of differentiating gold from lead and real metal from dross. What is more, they have begun to show their preparedness for very rough action against any political leader who may be caught in the game of public trickery and fraud.”

– The People’s Republic, 1968.

Awo On “The Courage To Look”

“The gloom of the world is but a shadow, and there is radiance in the darkness, if we could but

see. To be able to see this radiance, all you need to do is to cultivate the courage to look, and theinsight to apprehend the light which shines, at all times and in all places, for those who make Truth the object of their daily pursuit.”

Speech to University Graduands (1967): In Voice of Courage, 1981

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16 Comments

  1. RIP Baba Awo visionary leader, the best president Nigeria never had. we truly missed your wisdom in the current political trend of event.

  2. The Ijaw and/or Birom man being President was a wish and NOT a prediction.
    Awo was however, a great leader just as were Zik, Sardauna, Tafawa Balewa and their other contemporaries.
    May their souls rest in peace.

  3. And if only we’ll have leader walking the parts of these great men,for some reason when I watch videos of these men speak,there is more life to there words than the foolishness found in every utterance of our present leaders. May they rest on and that which they fought for not die

  4. May the gentle soul of Baba Awolowo continue to rest in perfect peace.Amen.We missed you Baba, ur ideals and ethics of politics in this current political dispensation in Nigeria.

    • This man was a gift from God to africans. His leadership quality cannot be compared with our leaders of today. He was always thinking of how people could be free from poverty and lack of knowledge. He would criticise you and offer you the way out. Gen. Babangida commented on this quality. Though as a human he may have his shortcomings but played his role as a leader with foresight. He was a spiritual leader. He called for a fast that brought about the end of an evil regime. I am not a politician but i follow events.

  5. “It is incontestable that the British not only made Nigeria, but also hand it to us whole on their surrender of power. But the Nigeria, which they handed over to, had in it the forces of its own disintegration. It is up to contemporary Nigerian leaders to neutralize these forces, preserve the Nigerian inheritance, and make all our people free, forward-looking and prosperous, but rather doing it the opposite way, which is helping us at all…..

  6. What i see now in our present leaders now is to come make money for them self and their families through dubious ways without careering for the country well fear…

  7. Because of our cur-opt leaders, no one will their come and say lets do it for the country or for the people but instead for them self alone…

  8. One thing i know or easily done in country is deceiving them self thinking their deceiving some of us, even if they deceive us, will they deceive God?

  9. Please correct the date against the quote for creation of more states(1988) that quote came far far earlier than that date.

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