General Murtala Muhammed (8 November 1938 – 13 February 1976) was a Nigerian Army General who was 4th Head of State of Nigeria from 1975 until his assassination in 1976.
On 11th January 1976 at Organization of African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia made a speech that no African leader has ever made to the world especially to the super powers countries. He pointed an accusing finger on them by under developing African countries. Below is the speech:
“Africa has come of age. It’s no longer under the orbit of any extra continental power.
It should no longer take orders from any country, however powerful. The fortunes of Africa are in our hands to make or to mar. For too long have we been kicked around: for too long have we been treated like adolescents who cannot discern their interests and act accordingly.
For too long has it been presumed that the African needs outside ‘experts’ to tell him who are his friends and who are his enemies. The time has come when we should make it clear that we can decide for ourselves; that we know our own interests and how to protect those interests; that we are capable of resolving African problems without presumptuous lessons in ideological dangers which, more often than not, have no relevance for us, nor for the problem at hand”
On 13th February 1976, that’s 34 days after the speech General murtala was killed, and that’s what lead OBJ to became the head of state succeeding his boss.
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