#Trending: Obafemi Awolowo Was Greater Than Nelson Mandela – Poet/Writer Odia Ofeimun States


The statement above is now trending on social media!

Thanks to Nigerian poet/writer Odia Ofeimun who made a shocking statement which has kept lips buzzing endlessly. He compared two legends, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and late South African human rights activist Nelson Mandela, and stated the former was greater than the latter.

The social critic revealed this is in an interview with Sahara TV, insisting that “Mandela was good for the liberation” of his people alone and not Nigerians.

Read his full statement below:

“I am too much of an Awolowo man not to see that the process of moving into independence in South Africa and in Nigeria followed exactly the same pattern. It was based on a negotiated settlement. The liberation struggle did not create the end of apartheid. It was a negotiation and Nigerians negotiated exactly the way Mandela negotiated.

You can hype it if you like, but the pattern was exactly the same. You move from one meeting to the other, discussing politics and economics, and they successfully convinced Mandela to buy the pig in a poke of an economy and they also successfully succeeded in convincing Nigerians to buy the pig in a poke of an economy.

The only man in Nigeria, who stood up against it, was (Obafemi) Awolowo. He was quickly jailed and all his men scattered across the prisons in Nigeria. Some driven abroad and the educational system that he had put in place was smashed.”

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