Nigeria is 60!!
Amazing isn’t it, but what exactly are we celebrating and why ?
Are we just happy we have aged, or are we excited about the progress we are actually making as a nation, are we celebrating liberation or are we simply just following the crowd in celebrating an alleged historical day?. Whatever works for you the fact of the matter is that today marks 60 years since we ended colonial rule and we coined it out to be a day of independence, a day of freedom, and the initiation of self-sustainability as a country.
Many Nigerians understand what this means and will reflect on it, but sadly many will see it as just another fun day of celebration, feasting and eating, and to say the least partying for lack of a better word. It is becoming absolutely important to understand what the country is going through and use that as a scale to measure various levels of success and anticipated results from leadership and governance. the fact is only Nigerians can lift Nigeria up to the status that is deserving and this will take effort, empathy and profound leadership.
Lift Her Up
Nigeria is a diverse multiethnic country with more than 500 local languages and English remains the official language, Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo are also major languages in the country. A case study of the country will reveal that it is one of the most diverse culture-centric counties in the world and that alone in itself can be used as a marker to set each of its citizens up for success. However, there seems to be a blocker when it comes to perceived and or expected progress, but then again this has always been the case, so it is clear that a level of change is needed, and at this point in time a mind-set change is what is indeed recommended should progress be certain or strategized to be effective.
So let us be factual about the situation, a lot of people are not happy, a lot of families are struggling, corruption is still rife, nepotism is still very much present and tribalism remains a plague within our communities. These are indicators that a lot of work is still required when it comes to orientation, as it is clear that our overall educational system is lacking value when it comes to impact and influence, so of course, we can do better, yes we can be better, but the question is why do we need to do better? and what value can we derive from simply wanting to be better? the thinking is that is we can genuinely answer this question from a leadership point of view then the wheels of progress are already turning in the right direction. Maybe these are the novel type of questions that we ought to start asking ourselves as a collective, questions like, are we really just settling less for less? can we really afford to be mediocre? is progress not certain and why is poverty still present in the abundance of food?. There are many questions without answers and a lot of answers without questions, questions like, where is Nigeria today in view of leadership, what is she (Nigeria) teaching others who look up to her for stewardship, hope and leverage ? are we falling others, are we enlightening others and most importantly do we have the capability to lead ourselves as a unit and as a collective.
Today the country is split with emotions, some are protesting, some are feasting, some are reflecting while some are rejecting, many are analysing and a few are concluding, many are watching with hope, some are frowning with disdain, but whatever your condition is we all have a common binding entity which is that we are Nigerians and we have a common history and ought to have a common goal progressively.
So it is indeed right to celebrate our independence, but we have to understand what exactly we are celebrating, as that is where the real nuggets of value can be found with regards to this day. So what are we really celebrating? is it just the independence from colonial rule that brought new hope for the nation?, it brought a profound level of progress aligned with a people with a new vision of hope and prosperity for the land, but 60 years on it seems that the envisaged hope for peace and prosperity has been somewhat derailed by entities and situations forced upon us by mostly ourselves. Surely we cannot continue to blame anyone else anymore but us, so if that is the case then we might as well call a “spade a spade” on this day and say we are indeed still living in hope and must continue to push for progress. A hope that one day the basics will be available to every citizen, a progress that one day that the fruits of the land will be equally shared among all citizens, and a reality that one day the labours of our heroes past and present will provide informative leverage for us to influence many amongst us to do and be better.
(Great people great nation)
Nigeria remains a benchmark for huge potential growth in Africa, largely due to its export market, Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and its agricultural industry accounts for approximately 70 percent of the country’s employment, while petroleum products are the primary export accounting for more than 90 percent of Nigeria’s exports. Technical the country has all that it needs to be a global economical success story and it has the core ingredient in it people resorces when it comes to innovation, so why are we still struggling after 60years? Well, leadership, as it seems, is a thing we have not been totally gotten right but it remains a thing that when we decide to implement properly it with the right mindset and integrity then we will see a positive nation changing its own narrative to lead by its examples.
So our question remains? what exactly are we celebrating? bearing in mind that a sense of entitlement is a cancerous thought process that is void of gratitude and can be deadly to relationships, businesses, and even nations. We already know that sometimes people lose their right to remain silent when pressured to remain silent, so in view of that, we urge folks who have concerns to strive hard to voice their concerns, speak up about the growth and alignment of the country, talk on the country’s progress depends on people speaking out and speak up against what they feel is wrong and in the same light amplifying what they think is right, this form of engagements enhances unity and provides a mental roadmap for an align success for the country, one that can in turn be worth celebrating year in year out.
Perhaps the greatest crime of conquest is that a civilization is denied the right to evolve beyond its own embarrassment.
We have since moved on from colonial rule and we continue to push for peace and progress regardless of the ills we experience from within. Peace is normally a great good, and normally it coincides with righteousness, but it is righteousness and not peace which should bind the conscience of our nation as it should bind the conscience of an individual, and neither a nation nor an individual can surrender conscience to another’s keeping as Theodore Roosevelt said; so it is up to us again the citizens both home and abroad to push and drive the narrative that will shape our future, the future of a young nation poised for greatness.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.