Friday, 2 October 2015

Nigeria At 55: Wake Up!

With the Nation's Independence Day celebration underway, we must take time and reflect on the role we have to play to make the Nation better. I find this article very apt, it's just my thought. Read it below:

NIGERIA AT 55: WAKE UP!
YESTERDAY October 1, 2015, Nigeria marked her 55th independence anniversary, an annual ritual which has assumed less and less significance in the consciousness of our citizens, particularly the young ones.

Unlike in the dim past when the Nigerian Independence Day was a day of great funfair and gaiety for all ages, when the front pages of newspapers went green and white; the president, governors and local leaders led the citizenry to the various stadiums and public arenas to march and salute the National Flag and openly renew our vows to our “dear native land”, our leaders now prefer to mark it in “low-key”. Continue........

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, signing the Independence Register at 55th Independence Day ceremony at the Aso Rock Villa.

From 1987, when the General Ibrahim Babangida regime started avoiding celebrating our independence in the open, the Presidency now prefers to salute the flag from the safe and secluded confines of the Aso Presidential Villa. The grand symbolisms of our nationhood and nationalism have attenuated to a point where they are no longer of any effect on our collective consciousness and psyches.

This is highly worrisome. Nigeria is a 101 years old creation of colonialist Great Britain from a patchwork of Protectorates and Colony of Lagos. The low-key of our National Day anniversaries plays down the sacrifices and efforts invested by the founding fathers of our freedom, such as Dr Herbert Macaulay, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Margaret Ekpo, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ernest Ikoli, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Chief Dennis Osadebay and so many others. Some of them paid for the struggle with their lives.

It is a great disservice, even to the post-independence history of Nigeria of which most of youth of today know very little due to the unpatriotic removal of history and civics from the educational agenda of our primary and secondary schools.

The Nigerian ruling class, by fleeing into hiding to mark our National Day is displaying cowardice in the face of billowing security threats, which started as fear of coups and assassinations to this moment where it has degenerated to fear of suicide bombings.

We cannot continue like this. We call for immediate restoration of good governance at all levels. Good governance and the promotion of genuine democracy will boost citizen approval of government and love for our country. Nigerians must be given a shared sense of belonging equally to this nation, rather than some sections of the country seeming to lord it over the others while others are made to look like outsiders in the sharing of the nation’s commonwealth.

We must bring the youth and women more into governance, and pay more attention to the needs of the downtrodden. Nigeria’s potentials must be realised, and our place in the comity of nations must be assured.   - Vanguard



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