Feature- 10 Quotes of Awolowo to be Mastered by Nigerians

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By Ayo Akinfe

10 Awolowo quotes every Nigerian should master and mull over as we seek serious attitudinal change that will reverse our fortunes as a nation

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[1] After rain comes sunshine and after darkness comes the glorious dawn. There is no sorrow without its alloy of joy, there is no joy without its admixture of sorrow. Behind the ugly terrible mask of misfortune lies the beautiful soothing countenance of prosperity, so tear the mask

[2] 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

[3] Any people that is starved with books, especially the right type of books, will suffer intellectual malnutrition, stagnation and atrophy

[4] Those of us placed in a position of leadership must be prepared to grasp the nettle if we unite in doing so and if, in addition, we set a worthy example and a marat on pace in probity, unselfishness and self-sacrifice, the people will follow, all too readily, in our footsteps

[5] I will, more than ever before, subject myself to severe self- discipline. Only men who are masters of themselves become easily masters of others. Therefore, my thoughts, my tongue and my actions shall be brought under strict control always

[6] Those who desire to reach, and keep their places at the top in any calling must be prepared to do so the hard way

[7] In order to attain to the goals of economic freedom and prosperity, Nigeria must do certain things as a matter of urgency and priority. It must provide free education at all levels and free health facilities for the masses of its citizens

[8] Any system of education which does not help a man to have a healthy and sound body and alert brain, and balanced and disciplined instinctive urges, is both misconceived and dangerous

[9] It is safer and wiser to cure unhealthy rivalry than to suppress it

[10] I have never regarded myself as having a monopoly of wisdom. The trouble is that when most people in public life and in the position of leadership and rulership are spending whole days and nights carousing in clubs or in the company of men of shady character and women of easy virtue, I, like a few others, am always at my post working hard at the country’s problems and trying to find solutions for them. Only the deep can call the deep.

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