AP Images: DetailView: Nigeria Independence Princess Alexandra. Prime Minister Alahaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, seated right, listens to her speech. From Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Mr. Prime Minister: A Selection of Speeches Made by Alhaii the Right Honourable Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (Apapa, ). AP Archive to the Federal Prime Minister, Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. asking her to open Parliament by reading The Speech from the Throne. On Saturday, October 1, , Nigeria became an independent nation. What follows is Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa's speech delivered at Tafawa Balewa. Nigeria's Federal Prime Minister Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, seated right , listens to her speech. (AP Photo/Staff/Worth) growth, and providing basic social services for all citizens had always been the responsibility of kings, chiefs. By Nigeria was clearly on the path toward independence. In preparation the British Government named Abubakar Tafawa Balewa the first.