While Nigeria may not have thrown up much great leadership in its history, we can find consolation in the fact that she has never suffered a deficiency of memorable speeches.
Right from Tafawa Balewa’s Independence Day speech, through to the 1964 Akintola victory speech (whose broadcast a certain masked gunman prevented), to Ojukwu’s May 30, 1967 declaration of secession, to Obasanjo’s 1999 presidential inauguration speech (the first by a democratically elected President in sixteen years), what we have lacked in transformational action we have more than made up for in talk.
Scattered amidst these examples outlined above are several coup speeches; for the history of Nigeria is one of coups and rumours of coups, pistol- and rifle-wielding men in khaki tossing – or attempting to toss – one another off the seat of power.
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