How Awolowo Refused To Beg Nigerian Government To Release Him From Prison And What Happened Years After His Release

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The Government agreed to free Awolowo but, knowing fully well that Awolowo would not agree, they said his wife HID must come to beg the government and after that, Awolowo would be freed. The aim was to put Awolowo’s wife pictures begging the government on front pages of major newspapers.

The ‘Eminent’ men went to meet HID and persuaded her to beg the government. HID thanked them all but said she could only do that if her husband permitted her, if not, she would not. Recall in 1986, similar offer was made to GMB’s former wife but she fell for it, Buhari later divorced her.

The eminent men went to meet Awolowo in prison and begged him to allow his wife beg the government, they cited many verses from the Bible(Read My March through Prisons or Travails of Democracy and the Rule of Law by Chief Obafemi Awolowo). Awolowo, in reply, thanked them very well but declined. He said “my wife beg who exactly? Will she kneel down or prostrate? Beg for what offence exactly? That I plotted a Coup? That’s ridiculous! You’re men of God, you should know that God does not not encourage people to bow to injustice….”….

*Awolowo allegedly said and I quote ” I believe I should not be in prison but here I am, the only Premier that ended up in prison for no reason.* *_If we are confused about my innocence, let God be the Judge.*

*_If truly I did what they accused me of, I will not come out of this prison alive but if I am innocent, I will not spend my life here in prison, I will come out and as the Lord lives, I won’t meet any of those who conspired against me alive……._* Thank you gentlemen for your visit, I wish you journey mercies…. ”

By the time Awolowo was released from prison few years later by Yakubu Gowon he was appointed Vice Chairman Federal executive council and federal minister of finance, but resigned since trying to contest the presidency in anticipation that General Gowon will hand over power to civilians in 1976 as promised<<Continue Reading>>>

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