On the 1st of Oct 1960 the total globe stood even now because a huge was born. Nigeria turned an independent nation and we attained political independence from our colonial masters many thanks to the nationalists who fought with the complete of their hearts. Nigeria, our beloved place, obtained her independence and this calendar year, the “giant of Africa” will be celebrating her 50th birthday. I have taken my time to appear at the journey of our beloved country since independence and I request, how far have we absent as a country?
This issue is not a question that I be expecting us to give an instant reaction to. Individually for moments I was considering about this issue and will stimulate you to do the similar wanting at each place of that make up Nigeria as a country. I check with once more has the dreams of our heroes previous viewed the light-weight of working day, how perfectly have we journeyed the final fifty many years as an unbiased country. With patriotism and enthusiasm our founding fathers charted a program for the greatness of this country refusing to be discouraged until they observed the beginning of their aspiration. But the essential question stays, have we stored the desire alive.
In the educational sector have we created our founding fathers happy of us, have we stored their desire alive. What is the regular of our education after fifty years of independence as opposed to other nations around the world of the globe? A number of years back our normal of instruction was rated 6th in the environment but these days sorry is the case, we have 50 %-baked graduate graduate who simply cannot defend their certification not speak of contending with their peers from other pieces of the entire world.
We have graduate roaming the streets in research of job following investing many years in the college and other tertiary establishments. Contrary to what we had yrs again exactly where federal govt positions would have been waiting around begging for them to acknowledge but the circumstance is not the similar right now. The selection of graduate is significantly a lot more than the work available, even though the selection of graduate is rising at geometric progression position emptiness is increasing at the pace of a snail.
In the economic sector have we designed our heroes very pleased or have we fallen their palms and have killed their goals. According to an on line report on Nigeria’s countrywide flag the white stripe in the center signifies peace the environmentally friendly stands for agriculture, which continues to be the backbone of the nationwide financial state. Fifty many years just after independence we have succeeded in abusing the intent of the countrywide flag the I talk to, exactly where is our pride in the national flag? The concentration of our economic climate has absolutely shifted to petroleum and in its place of constructing a multi-dimensional economic climate program we have succeeded in focusing 1 and have effectively come to be a mono-financial state unbiased condition. Agriculture our first financial system pleasure has fallen to the background and has pale what a pity.
Our leaders are worried about practically nothing but their pockets, all they want to do is enrich the masses and enrich their pocket. We no more time have leaders of the masses but leaders with egocentric curiosity have you not created the labor of our heroes previous be in vain? The nationwide treasure has now become a personal treasure meant to enrich the pockets of egocentric general public holders what a pity and the I ask yet again, is this what it implies to be fifty yrs previous?
How effectively have we upheld peace? The resent Jos crises has carried out no fantastic to our beloved country it has along with other crises generating us one particular of the international locations on the terror checklist, is that what fifty decades is all about? Abia condition has come to be the headquarters of kidnappers what a pity for the giant of Africa at fifty. Is this the type of dream our founding fathers had for at independence, have we manufactured their goals a genuine aspiration or a nightmare?
The ability sector is a no go place, it has come to be a problem of fetching drinking water in to a basket. All exertion to resuscitate the power sector has yielded no optimistic outcome alternatively it keeps receiving worse and just like a close friend after mentioned,” the federal authorities really should market the power sector and distribute the money recognized from the sale to all citizen to do no matter what they like with their share”. A big at fifty that we are unable to boast of fifty days of uninterrupted electric power offer. This is the journey of fifty years.
We continue to keep professing to be the large of Africa but the humble types have overtaken the self acclaimed large. In football we declare to have attained the top no African nation has attained. At the not too long ago concluded earth cup in South Africa, we could not go previous the initial spherical what an unlucky encounter. Aside from soccer let’s look at other sporting activities we use to be a power to reckon with.
Political instability has been another best undoing for us in the last five ten years impacting us negatively on institutional growth, which is necessary for improvement. Our composition of governance experienced scarcely been developed when we ran into series of political road blocks soon right after independence which for that reason resulted in the unlucky 30-thirty day period civil war which is definitely not the dream of people who fought for the independence, our heroes earlier we have no doubt unhappy you in the 1st fifty years soon after independence.
On the other hand, my fellow compatriot, the journey of another fifty many years has just begun. The possibility for us to suitable our mistakes and concentrate on how to wipe absent the tears of our founding fathers that are surely not joyful with what we have accomplished in the past fifty yrs. We have to arrive alongside one another and aim on the strength in our diversity, let us emphasis additional on our power and spend significantly less attention on our blunders and weaknesses.
The journey to one more fifty yrs has just started off and how very well we will fare is dependent a lot on what we begin performing now, all hand need to be on deck and we should occur with each other with 1 objective in brain which is how to make Nigeria the nation everyone all-around the globe would like to be. In the future fifty many years we really should be joyful that we produced issues and have acquired from them and have come to be superior. We need to stop apportioning blame and pointing accusing fingers. We really should have renewal of coronary heart and mindset toward nationwide challenges and make Nigeria the satisfaction of our founding fathers in the earth beyond.
Relating to the electrical power sector which is pretty essential to nationwide progress, we must request the hand of foreign authorities that will aid strengthen the electrical power offer in Nigeria. It need to nevertheless be pointed out that the coming of foreigners does not quickly assure the improvement therefore, we ought to all do the job with each other to make the circumstance by contributing our personal quota to increase the current predicament.
Let us commence to see and concentration on the strength in our diversity and place a quit to this inhuman act of killing one particular another all in the title of faith and tribe. Nigerians are recognized as individuals with unusual strength and hardworking let us target on this beneficial characteristics and make Nigeria the pleasure and huge of Africa in deed and just like Obama’s slogan, “yes we can”.
And just like the president mentioned on the 1st of Oct throughout his independence/jubilee speech, “the best resource we have is the youth we have the greatest stake in transforming our country. It is time for us to solution the connect with and add to Nigeria’s foundation of freedom. This is how this era will make its mark. This is how we will make the most of these possibilities. This is how we will ensure that five many years from now, as our small children and grand kids rejoice our nation’s independence centenary, we will be remembered as having contributed to the good history of Nigeria.
Personally I commit myself to this class of nation setting up and building our founding fathers very pleased of what they fought for. The journey starts now so let us start off get the job done, God bless Nigeria.