May 28, 2020

How well do you know your History?Throwback Thursday- Chief Festus Okotie-Oboh

History today remembers the most flamboyant Nigerian politician of all time-Chief Festus Okotie-Oboh.He was very rich,influential & powerful,he even had a person relationship with the 35th president of America John F. Kennedy. He was the minister for finance during the administration of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.Read more here And was instrumental in the funding of Nigeria’s central Bank in 1959 and also left other legacies such as the inauguration of the first national currency,the establishment of the Nigerian stock Exchange,Creation of first Nigeria investment among others.

Being a native of urhobo tribe, you could say he was the most expensively well dressed Nigeria Political figure as far as exquisite taste in Traditional African and Western dressing are concerned. He was criticized heavily for accumulation of wealth, some even allegedly started calling him “A thief and corrupt public officer’. Further evidence later showed that he was very rich before he assumed public office as he owned a lots of businesses. He was just a ” Victim of Circumstance”. He was never found guilty of corruption by any court of competent jurisdiction.

Allegations continued to describe him as the first most corrupt Nigerian Minister of state. Hence why he was Assassinated along side Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa on January 15 1966,the then prime minister of Nigeria in a military pogrom led by Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu.

His very Famous Response to The Corruption Charges leveled against him by the government officials when he quoted the Bible saying “To Those That Have , More shall be given. From Those That Do Not Have , Shall Be Taken Even The Little They Have”.


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