Despite passing on to glory for 33 years now, Obafemi Awolowo’s relevance is still been talked about in Nigeria today.
He is one of the great leaders Nigeria has produced. He transformed Nigeria into an enviable height it is today and his legacy has stood the test of time for many years. Growing up, Obafemi Awolowo was everything you could think of. From a journalist, teacher, clerk, money lender to a taxi driver, Obafemi rose to become a lawyer, publisher and a political leader. Through this, he became a principal participant in the struggle for Nigerian independence.
He ran for president in the elections of 1979 and 1983 but was defeated both times by Shehu Shagari.
Even though he was not successful in his bid to become president following his defeat at two separate elections, Awolowo’s ideals continue to influence Nigerian politics today. Awolowo died in Ikenne, Ogun State at the age of 78 on May 9, 1987 without fulfilling his ambition. One of the major setbacks he had was when it was revealed that for him to fulfil his ambition, he must be born again.
This was said to have been a message from, the great late prophet, Apostle Ayo Babalola, the founder of CAC Church Worldwide.
“Listen to me carefully, we are going to pray one great prayer now, the great apostle, Joseph Ayo Babalola, there was a time he went to the house of Chief Awolowo’s popularly called Awo. Let me be honest with you as a man of God…. The great Apostle, Ayo Babalola went to visit Awo, Awo was not at home, he met his wife, and he said thus said the lord, the Lord said he has called me on a spiritual arena and he has called this man on a political arena and for this man to fulfil his calling, he must surrender his life to Jesus, Awo never surrendered his life to Jesus till he died and he never fulfilled that destiny, can you raise up your hand and say, my father, every destiny waster assigned to my calling, die!!!!.
This was the shocking revelation as revealed by Pastor Olukoya which showed how Awo’s refusal to obey Ayo Babalola’s message stopped him from fulfilling his political ambition of becoming Nigeria’s president even till he died.