IN HONOUR OF SIR ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA.

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By: Richard F. Inoyo.
Country Director,
Citizens Solution Network.
Without the pleasure of sounding controversial_ it is important to state that the first Prime Minister, Nigeria ever had in the person of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was murdered by a fellow Nigerian on Nigerian soil.
What is even more strange about this very extrajudicial malfeasance is the arrogant attempt by some quarters and individuals to justify this black-on-black orchestrated murder on the ground of judicially unsubstantiated corruption.
I am now of the view that in order to shape the future and outlay the mishap, we must now draw historical lessons from that insidious act_ because lessons are all we have left for the taking.
 But the question is “What were the lessons of that low moment in our collective history?” As first a  human that believes all lives matter and then as an intellectual that believes in the idea of exponential sequencing, here are what I think the lessons are:
1. That extrajudicial killings should be condemned by all and the perpetrators foist to face the full wrath of the law, lest we angers the family of the victims and sustains their frustrations without justice.
2. That too often_ the killing of a high profile officer from another region always lead to retaliation in scale and proportion of mass bloodletting against the region whose citizen is responsible for such.
3. And that regardless how corrupt we perceive our leaders/opponents to be_ calling for their death or enforcing same without recourse from the law always backfires and create new socioeconomic and political crises at vroom.
Today, as we mourn the Golden Voice of Africa _ 54years after, we must find the decency and sort out the courage to ensure nothing of that dastardly act ever repeat itself in the future of our common humanity. My thoughts are with all Nigerians across the divides.
Thanks!
Signed
Richard F Inoyo
Country Director,
Citizens Solution Network.

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