Throwback: Video Shows Shagari Lighting a Cigarette when Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa Addressed an Audience


An old video of late former president Shehu Shagari lighting a cigarette when Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa was addressing an audience in the 1960s has emerged on social media.

In the video that was shared on Facebook by Jaafar Jaafar, Balewa addressed the audience on racial discrimination as he was flanked by two men, while Shagari and two others sat at the back row.


Sharing the video, Jaafar wrote:

“See guts!

“The late former President Shehu Shagari (left, back row) lit up a cigarette while the Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa was addressing an audience in the 60s.”

Many react to the video

Bamaiyi An’iko Dabai said:

“In those days, it was not wrong and as you can see nobody cares about it.”

Umar Dansuleiman II commented:

“That was an act of indiscipline and irresponsible behaviour not a guts…..A responsible person is mindful of the rights of others within the public space….”

Maniru Ibrahim Dantitti wrote:

“May Allah have mercy on him. May Allah grant him Aljannatul firdaus.”

Umar Usman said:

“Cigarettes smoking during a briefing was never a big deal doz days, try nd watch all Ojukwu’s interviews u will see him smoking on camera while granting interviews.”

Saleem Ahmed Imam said:

“Very embarrassing and indiscipline.”


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