Thursday, 1 March 2018

Nigeria Was To Have Become An Industrialised Nation by mid-70s – Maitama Sule

"The purpose of history is to know the past in order to adjust the present and to plan for the future. What was our past? What was Nigeria in the First Republic? What were the leaders of the First Republic like? They were human beings and they had their weakness, they were not perfect.

But comparatively speaking, those leaders, our founding fathers, were excellent: Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Mallam Aminu Kano, J. S. Tarka. They were leaders who went into politics to serve and not to be served; to give, but not to take. They were leaders concerned with the welfare of the people; leaders who in spite of their political differences were at all times prepared to come together and unite and accommodate one another in the interest of the nation.

Indeed, as a result of their good leadership, there was a report in 1961 or 1962, which indicated that Nigeria with two other developing countries of the world would in 15 to 20 years join the industrialised countries of the world. The other two countries were India and Brazil.

India and Brazil have made it today or haven’t they? India is a nuclear power, and India is in the forefront in the field of computer technology. India manufactures planes, build ships, produces more medical doctors than any country in the world today. India had the same problems as Nigeria; the religious bigotry, so many differences, the second largest population in the world and yet they were able to overcome all the difficulties. They are where they are today because of the leadership.

Brazil has the finest agricultural programme in the world today. Brazil builds ships, manufactures planes, cars and all sorts of things. Incidentally, Brazil and Nigeria established their defence industry the same year. What is our defence industry in Kaduna doing?"

Credit: Chike F. Okolocha The Genius Orator – Ambassador (Alhaji) Yusuf Maitma Sule [2017]


  1. God help us. Who so ever we have offended as a nation should please for the sake of God forgive our dear nation. And if this is a punishment from God for share waste on our part. Almighty should take outy on us. Mercy we ask. Thanks Onigehe

  2. I'm close to tears. When I read or come across things like these,its saddening, considering where we are as a nation