Nigerians reactions to Nigeria @ 59 independence celebration compiled by Kosofe Post your online newspaper.
Nigeria @59. Cobbled together’: Nigeria’s federal system can’t take us to the promised land. We must go back to Regional government or face possible disintegration sooner or later Nearly 60 years after independence, and 50 years since the end of the Biafra war, there are still some who would question Nigeria’s viability as a nation. Yet the country has defiantly endured. It has remained fixed within the borders drawn by British colonialists, including Sir Frederick Lugard, the first governor from 1914 of a single entity created from the former northern and southern protectorates. The idea you can have a federal structure with a very powerful centre and weak regions is a non-starter,” says Olu Fasan, visiting fellow at the London School of Economics. When Nigeria gained independence, he says, the regions were powerful and the federal government played a co-ordinating role. But with successive divisions into sub-scale entities, that arrangement has been turned on its head. “The federal structure means that the centre collects all the money and distributes it to the states. The states have to go cap in hand, begging for money,” Mr Fasan says. Without going back to the regional government on the next ten years. Unexpected may happen to the country we love so much . The agitation from every part of this country is getting stronger. The East want to leave Nigeria. The South South want to control their natural resources. The minority Northern Christian want to have their own identity. Yorubas want restructuring. Nigerians,had “been brainwashed into thinking that, with independence, came this natural fusion”. To the contrary, Nigeria was “constantly being negotiated”. The free money at the centre where states are not ready to work must be our source of concern for now. Is it possible for Nigeria to survive? Your guess is as good as mine.
You can see how life was dated back to 1993. I bought a gallant car at N90k then. All past rulers had ruined our economy.
I’m sure that independence hasn’t brought love, but the mutual feelings of distrust, envy and frustrations; evident in the way Southerners are being treated in any government set up , particularly those of us from southwest, having led the opposition government from the inception of the so called independence. Note that the marriage between Zik and Balewa produced a federal civil service that was basically ibo dominated, as the north struggled to find “qualified ” candidates to fill vacancies. The Yorubas were almost entirely left out of the civil service, until the short lived experience of Akintola in cooperation with Sardauna.
Take the example of recruitment exercises in the federal service- police, NNPC, NPA, etc done within this administration that has claimed to be fighting corruption. Most of the northern candidates have been found wanting in terms of qualifications, yet they make up over 85% of enlisted or recruited. What a calamity.
As to justice in the polity, I’m not sure if we can confidently say that there’s semblance of justice and fairness in our polity. Take the case of non prosecution of the Fulanis in any matters of crimes and criminality, be that of kidnapping by herdsmen or outright murder and looting by herdsmen. My take is that the speed with which a regal in Ile- Ife was whisked to Abuja not too long ago, on trumped up charges of complicity in a skirmish between Hausa/Fulani and Yorubas in the town of Ife, desire much to be said of our judiciary, particularly the security apparatus dominated exclusively by a section of the country- the north. Don’t forget that the top judicial officers are also Hausa/Fulani .
The question of unity does not begin to arise from the facts alluded to above. It is difficult to say that there’s any unity except amongst the elites, struggling and battling to steal our resources.
Let’s take the example of a unified northern hegemony, the middle belt is longer part of the north, but it has become a majority setting with the country.
There’s evidenced reverse in any development that we may have achieved at any time. Progress may become a reality on case by case basis for states or regions.
Apc youth organization Lagos state chapter coordinator,Comrade ogundele Adisa oluwagbohunmi
With due respect fellow Nigerians, i still have it in mind that we have not yet removed our colonisation clothes. That could be the reason we still behave as though our colonial masters just left us yesterday.
An apprentice in Alaba international market or Ariara market or any other place does not celebrate his freedom from apprenticeship every year. He celebrates it once and then becomes a full fledged man and would never celebrate it again.
Here is our 59th year of independence,all though, it is evident that we are not fully independent.We are still depending on our colonial masters for health care. We are still depending on our colonial masters for education. We are still not economically independent. They still have a strong influence on our domestic affairs.Then, tell me, Are really independent? We are only independent in principle.
Our organisation, OIPUN, is demanding for the scrapping of this “ celebration of backwardness” called independence day celebration and replace it with “NATIONAL UNITY DAY” where all regions and tribes would come together to showcase their heritages,cultures,traditions,foods to other tribes. This is a way of cohesion,sharing and demonstrating our love for one another.We are already interwoven and we have no option than to build Nigerian with one general agreed plan. No tribe or religion is bigger or greater than others.
We have reached a stage in our existence,where we can use our rich cultural diversities to communicate among ourselves and let other nations copy from us,instead of copying from others on everything.
Why the celebration ? when we cannot see ourselves as equal,when we have been hoodwinked by our political and religious leaders to vote according to tribes and religion,against voting for patriotic leaders and one who would see himself/herself as the father or mother of the country.
Our leaders have so damaged our consciousness, leaving us with this “feel good syndrome” that only benefits their families. All we get is “ He is my brother from the same tribe or religion,yet our children cannot go to school or have water to drink,rather than drinking from any pit but our leaders have them in excess and even throw away.
If we are celebrating divisiveness,tribalism and religious bigotry, it would have been more understandable, because these are the only things we achieved since 1960,of our so called independence.
It is mainly in Africa that you still find some of our poor countries celebrating independence,while living in perpetual bondage and brutality of their oppressors. Congo, Cameroun, Ivory Coast and many others also celebrate independence from France and Belgium?. Maybe my dictionary is not giving me the correct meaning of what independent means.
I know very well that many other countries,including some super powers were colonised but they don’t celebrate and waste resources in the name of “independence day celebration” like us. Even if they do, they can be justified, because they have grown to greatness
Am passionate about one Nigeria, Lets think Nigeria
We must be grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari’s for setting the foundation of unity, justice and peace. without peace there will be no meaningful developments. The next level will bring about the required change in our body politics.