The late Alhaji Sir Tafawa Balewa was clearly one of the finest individuals in Nigerian history who will always be remembered. He not only worked with great minds like Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, and others to free Nigeria from British authority, but he was also a crucial factor in the country’s political growth. He was a key figure in the formulation of national policy. Apart from becoming the first and sole leader to serve as Prime Minister of Nigeria under a parliamentary system, the late Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa had a long list of accomplishments during his lifetime.
It’s also worth noting that throughout his time as Prime Minister, the late Sir Tafawa Balewa was a deeply modest man, which is a real representation of his family’s virtue. He led a simple life bereft of sophistication and elegance, which our present politicians would see as austere, because his big possessions were worthless in comparison to the assets of today’s public holders when he died. The assets that the late Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa left behind for his four wives and nineteen children are listed below.
Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the late Nigerian Prime Minister, left for his wives and children 50 acres of farmland, which he loved to visit whenever he was on vacation, rain boots, a television set, a radio set, chairs, caps, wrist watches, fragrances, a bed, and a residence in Bauchi.
Meanwhile, the photos of Nigeria’s late prime minister, which have been posted above, can serve as a fantastic reminder that as humans, we should strive to live lives that reflect satisfaction and humility, as did the late Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.
Before his assassination in a bloody coup in January 1966, being led by both Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and Emmanuel Ifeajuna, two southeast military figures. Though Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born into a rich family, he grew up in a modest environment. He was also a charismatic leader who had received formal schooling in both his birthplace, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom, where he earned a certificate in history.
What can you actually say about this type of leader, and leaders in today’s Nigeria?