Nigeria At 51

Written by NaijaEcash

Topics: Nigerian, Ramblings

Nigeria Celebrates 51years of Independence From Colonial Rule

Nigeria is 51!  We celebrate our fifty-one years of independence from colonial rule today. On 1st October, 1960 Nigeria was granted independence from colonial rule. Ordinarily, it is an occasion that warrants jubilation and celebration. But as I look around, I feel uncomfortable. While our leaders are busy wining and dining, people on the street are asking what is there to celebrate!

Proudly Nigerian

Proudly Nigerian

I have always insisted that there is enough reason to celebrate Nigeria’s Independence Day irrespective of the challenges we face as a nation. However, this year, it has been much more difficult convincing friends and relatives that there is reason to celebrate.

The pessimism about the future of my great nation seems to increase as the days go by. Even those who were formerly enthusiastic about the Nigerian Dream are no longer confidence that the change we desire will come in our lifetime.

They ask me the familiar question which is tough to answer. “In the face of unemployment, bad roads, deteriorating education system, corruption, hunger, lying leaders, pen robbery, kidnapping, militancy, religious intolerance, insecurity… what is there to celebrate?

Well, I may not have a perfect answer. My answer may not satisfy all. But I believe we need to celebrate, and I indeed celebrate with my family. My reasons for insisting that we celebrate as Nigerians are as follows:

  • The fact that it could have been worse, but for God’s mercy upon us as a nation.
  • The fact that when there is life, there is hope of a better tomorrow!
  • The fact that evil cannot triumph over good for ever, Nigeria shall rise again!

Remember, just before the dawn of a new day, is the darkest moment of the night! Nigeria will rise again! Nigeria will be great again!

To all Nigerians at home and abroad, I say a hearty HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! Long Live Nigeria!

6 Comments Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. jude says:

    So much for the fifty-year-old kid. He’s still tryna find his footin!
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  3. Adiya says:

    Trust we all celebrated. But we have so far to go

    Adiya

  4. Tayo says:

    All that I see and hear are bomb blasts, I don’t see any need for celebration. We have got to go back to the drawing board to fix what is wrong with our nation.

  5. Fenster says:

    You get what you deserve. British rule gave you so much, but you still blew it.Where is the power, where are the trains do i need to go on!Great nation are you kidding me.

    • NaijaEcash says:

      Thanks for your comment, but not everyone will share your opinion. Many Nigerians belief that the British created the foundation for the current political crisis in Nigeria. If Lord Luggard had allowed the different ethnic groups to exist and only relate as per mutual agreements, Nigeria would have been better off. Forcing many strange fellows into the same union has done Nigeria no good. There has always been issue of suspicion and betrayal among the different ethnic groups. So, British rule didn’t give us so much like you think, it actually stole the harmony that existed between the various ethnic groups by forcing them into a marriage that was not well defined.

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