His politics was drenched in conviction, his speeches were rich in appeal, his style hooked on engagement, yet he had a secret.
One day, late Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa asked former minister and former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Maitama Sule what was the secret to his good working relationship with Chief Obafemi Awolowo in Nigeria’s Parliament in the early 60s. The late Prime Minister and Ambassador Sule belonged to the Northern People’s Congress, NPC, while Chief Awolowo belonged to the opposition Action Group. His answer: Every morning before proceedings began in Parliament, he went to ‘Dobale’ or prostate in greetings to Chief Awolowo.
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