Fri. Oct 18th, 2019

Nigeria: 59 Years After

October 1 has come to stay as one of the most significant days in the history of our country. It is a day Nigeria broke free from the hands of her British colonial masters, some 59 years ago.
Nigeria’s independence did not come on a platter of gold. Every year, Nigeria and Nigerians celebrate this feat and remember the efforts of our founding fathers who made it possible for the country to become a sovereign nation.
As always, the president as well as state governors would take advantage of the day to send messages of peace and goodwill to the people. The government has already declared a public holiday, to enable the people join in the celebration. It has become a tradition.
But how independent have we really been in the last 59 years? How independent are the pocket of Nigerians? Can we really say we are independent when we still depend on other countries and their expertise to survive as a country?
Take fuel for example. Even though we have crude oil, Nigeria still imports fuel and other finished petroleum products. The country still imports automobiles. The nation does not value its own, hence even the cars that are produced in Anambra State by our own Innoson Motors is hardly ever patronised. The country and its people still find pleasure in importing even used vehicles from abroad.
Till date, most public schools have remained in a sorry state. In fact, a lot of people would prefer to patronise schools that are managed by foreigners. Public officers even prefer to send their children to private schools, especially the ones with foreign curriculum and background.
However, it cannot be said that we have not made progress as a country. Nigeria has continued to have its pride of place in the comity of nations of the world in the area of sports and educational attainment.
It has been said that Nigeria has so much untapped potentials. And that is where leadership comes in.
We believe that once Nigeria can get it right in the area of leadership, every other thing will fall in place.
Successive governments at the federal and state levels do not seem to have found a solution to the myriad of challenges facing the country. But the good thing is that we are not where we were at independence. There are signals that things will get better someday.
As the country celebrates another independence day, TNN wishes the country and her people better days ahead.

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