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!
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!