If this country is ever demoralized, it will come from trying to live without work.— Abraham Lincoln
Authentic Nigeria Independence quotations
A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them. Which would include their own government.
To poison a nation, poison its stories.
A demoralised nation tells demoralised stories to itself. Beware of the storytellers who are not fully conscious of the importance of their gifts, and who are irresponsible in the application of their art: they
It is when a people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains.
Many life's longest mile is the stretch from dependence to independence
Before Elijah could raise a nation from the dead, he raised just one dead child.
We want to lead a country where people will be less greedy.
Where people will know that the commonwealth of Nigeria belongs to all Nigerians, where people's wealth depends on the people around you. If you become a rich person and everyone around you is poor you are very poor.
The life of nations no less than that of men is lived largely in the imagination.
A nation is not defined by its borders or the boundaries of its land mass Rather, a nation is defined by adverse people who have been unified by a cause and a value system and who are committed to a vision for the type of society they wish to live in and give to the future generations to come.
A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.
What we need now is a nation of great people who live to positively impact others and build enduring legacies
Bad men cannot make good citizens.
Nigeria is what it is because its leaders are not what they should be.
Nigeria has had a complicated colonial history.
My work has examined that part of our story extensively.
There is no country in the world with the diversity, confidence and talent and black pride like Nigeria.
In all nations an exceptional man exists that compensates the deficiencies of the remainder. In those moments, when humanity is found collectively in a state of decadence, there always remain those exceptional beings as point of reference.
One person is nothing. Two people are a nation.
Empires do not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation.
It is when they have become established that aims are lost and replaced by vague ritual.
Today, no walls can separate humanitarian or human rights crises in one part of the world from national security crises in another. What begins with the failure to uphold the dignity of one life all too often ends with a calamity for entire nations.
No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity
Every rabbit-nation will find its tyrant! Oppressors are the destiny of coward and submissive nations!
It is only barbarous nations who have a sudden growth after a victory
Show me a clever nation; then I will show you a clever government!
Every nation determines its own destiny; the clever the nation, the better the fate!
Sometimes a people lose their right to remain silent when pressured to remain silent.
Nigeria is like everywhere, really: there are some beautiful places that have been invested in and others that haven’t been.
The Egba kingdom was one of the very last to be ceded to the British protectorate. It remained almost an independent entity within what is now known as Nigeria, simply because of its own traditional structure of governance.