On the first of October 1960 the entire world stood nonetheless as a result of a large was born. Nigeria turned an unbiased nation and we gained political independence from our colonial masters due to the nationalists who fought with the entire of their hearts. Nigeria, our beloved nation, gained her independence and this 12 months, the “large of Africa” shall be celebrating her 50th birthday. I’ve taken my time to take a look at the journey of our beloved nation since independence and I ask, how far have we gone as a rustic?
ibe kachikwu query just isn’t a query that I anticipate us to offer a right away response to. Personally for moments I used to be fascinated about this query and can encourage you to do the identical each space of that make up Nigeria as a rustic. I ask once more has the desires of our heroes previous seen the sunshine of day, how effectively have we journeyed the final fifty years as an unbiased nation. With patriotism and enthusiasm our founding fathers charted a course for the greatness of this nation refusing to be discouraged till they noticed the start of their dream. However the important thing query stays, have we saved the dream alive.
Within the educational sector have we made our founding fathers happy with us, have we saved their dream alive. What’s the normal of our training after fifty years of independence in comparison with different international locations of the world? A number of years again our normal of training was ranked sixth on the planet however in the present day sorry is the case, we’ve half-baked graduate; graduate who can not defend their certificates not discuss of contending with their friends from different components of the world.
We’ve got graduate roaming the streets looking for job after spending years within the college and different tertiary establishments. In contrast to what we had years again the place federal authorities jobs would have been ready begging for them to simply accept however the scenario just isn’t the identical in the present day. The variety of graduate is excess of the roles obtainable, whereas the variety of graduate is growing at geometric development; job emptiness is growing on the velocity of a snail.
Within the financial sector have we made our heroes proud or have we fallen their arms and have killed their desires. Based on a web-based report on Nigeria’s nationwide flag the white stripe within the heart signifies peace; the inexperienced stands for agriculture, which stays the spine of the nationwide economic system. Fifty years after independence we’ve succeeded in abusing the intent of the nationwide flag the I ask, the place is our pleasure within the nationwide flag? The main focus of our economic system has completely shifted to petroleum and as a substitute of constructing a multi-dimensional economic system system; we’ve succeeded in focusing one and have efficiently turn into a mono-economy unbiased state. Agriculture our preliminary economic system pleasure has fallen to the background and has pale what a pity.
Our leaders are involved about nothing however their pockets, all they need to do is enrich the plenty and enrich their pocket. We not have leaders of the plenty however leaders with egocentric curiosity have you ever not made the labor of our heroes previous be in useless? The nationwide treasure has now turn into a private treasure meant to counterpoint the pockets of egocentric public holders what a pity and the I ask once more, is that this what it means to be fifty years previous?
How effectively have we upheld peace? The resent Jos crises has accomplished no good to our beloved nation it has together with different crises making us one of many international locations on the fear record, is that what fifty years is all about? Abia state has turn into the headquarters of kidnappers what a pity for the enormous of Africa at fifty. Is that this the sort of dream our founding fathers had for at independence, have we made their desires a real dream or a nightmare?
The ability sector is a no go space, it has turn into a scenario of fetching water in to a basket. All effort to resuscitate the facility sector has yielded no optimistic end result as a substitute it retains getting worse and identical to a good friend as soon as stated,” the federal authorities ought to promote the facility sector and distribute the cash realized from the sale to all citizen to do no matter they like with their share”. An enormous at fifty that we won’t boast of fifty days of uninterrupted energy provide. That is the journey of fifty years.
We preserve claiming to be the enormous of Africa but the standard ones have overtaken the self acclaimed large. In soccer we declare to have attained the peak no African nation has attained. On the lately concluded world cup in South Africa, we couldn’t go previous the primary spherical what an unlucky expertise. Aside from soccer let us take a look at different sports activities; we use to be a drive to reckon with.
Political instability has been one other biggest undoing for us within the final 5 decade impacting us negatively on institutional growth, which is critical for development. Our construction of governance had barely been developed after we bumped into sequence of political obstacles shortly after independence which consequently resulted within the unlucky 30-month civil battle which is definitely not the dream of those that fought for the independence, our heroes previous; we’ve little doubt dissatisfied you within the first fifty years after independence.
Nonetheless, my fellow compatriot, the journey of one other fifty years has simply begun. The chance for us to appropriate our errors and deal with tips on how to wipe away the tears of our founding fathers which can be undoubtedly not pleased with what we’ve accomplished within the final fifty years. We’ve got to come back collectively and deal with the energy in our range, let’s focus extra on our energy and pay much less consideration on our errors and weaknesses.
The journey to a different fifty years has simply began and the way effectively we are going to fare relies upon loads on what we begin doing now, all hand have to be on deck and we should come along with one function in thoughts which is tips on how to make Nigeria the nation all people all over the world desires to be. Within the subsequent fifty years we ought to be completely satisfied that we made errors and have realized from them and have turn into higher. We must always cease apportioning blame and pointing accusing fingers. We must always have renewal of coronary heart and angle in the direction of nationwide points and make Nigeria the pleasure of our founding fathers on the planet past.
Concerning the facility sector which could be very key to nationwide growth, we must always search the hand of international consultants that may assist enhance the facility provide in Nigeria. It ought to nonetheless be famous that the approaching of foreigners doesn’t routinely assure the development therefore, we should all work collectively to make the scenario by contributing our particular person quota to enhance the current scenario.
Let’s start to see and deal with the energy in our range and put a cease to this inhuman act of killing each other all within the title of faith and tribe. Nigerians are generally known as individuals with unusual energy and hardworking let’s deal with this optimistic attributes and make Nigeria the pleasure and large of Africa in deed and identical to Obama’s slogan, “sure we will”.