Nigeria is making another history; history of reflection, looking back and forward as a nation to count its gains and losses in the journey of independence.
Nigeria as the giant of African nations gained its freedom in 1960. The country as an independent nation has achieved a lot in steering its affairs. Nigeria has a government of its own, a vision to rekindle, a hope to ignite, a passion to achieve and a dream to resuscitate.
Nigerians are doing very well around the globe, making names in their professions and contributing to world development. We have a Nigerian as the richest man in Africa and the 97th richest person globally. We have renowned scholars who excelled in the world. We have great scientists, technologists and doctors that are giving a good name to our dear nation. In art, we have people that are whirling the name of Africa from the landscape of our dear nation. We have professional footballers, finest musicians, and good sportsmanship in the world of sports.
Nigeria is greatest because we have great people that sacrificed their time and energy for what we are enjoying. Nigeria “no dey take last”, because Nigerians are committed and dedicated to excellence.These mean the labours of the past heroes; Nnamdi Azikiwe, Herbert Macaulay, Ahmadu Bello, Obafemi Awolowo, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Hajia Gambo Sawaba, Margaret Ekpo and other nationalists have never been in vain. Nigerian men and women are doing very well in all human endeavours for the growth of a prosperous and successful nation.
The foray of the military into governance has resulted in a setback to Nigeria’s development efforts. The coup of January 15, 1966 only succeeded in breeding tribalism and religious politics.
Ethno-religious crises permeated into the nooks and crannies of the dear innocent helpless nation.
Corruption has become the termite that eats deep into the giant flesh of Nigeria. Corruption becomes the reason for Nigeria’s retrogressive journey. Top politicians, administrators, security personnel and educationists have been charged and punished. The Nigerian economy dwindles with adverse effects on the citizens.
But, as we are moving towards another journey of independence and freedom, Nigerians should pray that our leaders should stand up to their promises and be committed in making our country a peaceful, united and justifiable nation for all.
Long live Nigeria, long live Nigerians!
Auwal Ahmed Ibrahim (Goronyo) is a lecturer at Mass Communication Department, Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna