To the individuals of Nigeria, at present marks it 60 years when fellow women and men sacrificed all the things inside attain to drag down the union jack and hoist the inexperienced white banner at Independence Sq. Lagos.
That symbolic occasion on Saturday October 1, 1960 gave each Nigerian hope, it set the mechanism in movement that the world’s largest black race was on a path to alter the narratives of the black race for good.
These hopes of brighter days forward that echoed from Independence Sq. (presently Tafawa Balewa Sq.) Lagos resonated waves of cherished aspirations within the hearts of each Nigerian that “freedom has come”.
This aspiration is what motivated my late dad who flew the banner of Nigeria as an ordnance corps of Nigerian Military for shut to a few many years to safe a nation for his kids with bullet wounds and pains of scorpion stings.
This aspiration is what motivated the likes of Margaret Ekpo, Fumilayo Ramsome Kuti to mobilize girls press for liberation of Nigeria from the grip of colonialists.
This aspiration is what impressed a technology of Nigeria to run and press for an excellent nation.
Shortly after Independence, we had been at Congo. Our blood went down there to assist African brothers and sisters there from the chains of conflict.
Right this moment, after I have a look at the continent of Africa, I see blood of Nigerians from Angola to Sierra Leone, Liberia to Somalia, with Lungi Barracks Abuja reminding us of the bloody battle to liberate Lungi and solely the Airport in Sierra Leone the place a lot of our troopers died. Lungi at present has the best focus of the blood of Nigerian troopers outdoors the shores of Nigeria… that is a part of the sacrifices we’ve made as a individuals.
Nigeria is a good nation with a lot potentials however we Nigerians started to kill Nigeria. Faith and Tribe grew to become a device that determines in case you are “an actual” Nigerian. All these are foundational points.
A coup in January, adopted by one other one in July. An accord in Aburi Ghana couldn’t cease a gun shot at Gakem, Bekwerra within the present Cross River state. A voice from Ahiara, a bridge fell throughout river Niger, an ambush at Abagana shocked federal troops. A bloody conflict that left deaths and starvation on its half led to Owerri in January. We went via this and got here out however with so many unattended questions that also hunt us until today.
Right this moment, after I have a look at Nigeria, so many issues have modified.
Our flag that went up 60 years in the past, has not modified.
Our Nationwide Anthem, curreny notes, all modified however our map has largely not modified though we painfully seceded Bakasi to Cameroon.
Our beliefs in Nigeria have modified, this isn’t as a result of we’ve issues with Nigeria however as a result of we’ve issues with the not so good happenings.
Right this moment, Bandits have taken over farmlands, terrorists hitting us laborious every day, militants partying on nation’s financial lifeline, armed herdsmen lowering our farmlands to mass graves and IDPs camps, corruption has taken of our establishments, proper in our eyes, we butchered patriotism and nationalism and bury them within the cemetery of TRIBALISM AND RELIGION… that’s the day Nigeria died.
The fact at hand is actual. The sense of patriotism within the hearts of many together with myself, is low. But when we should transfer ahead, we should do issues in another way.
We should assume in another way. The voices of secessionists echoing from umuahia to Abeokuta MUST be seemed into as a matter of urgency.
The technology earlier than us has succeeded in killing this nation, however lets us be the technology that will revive her.
We’ve got seen the place Tribe and Faith has ended us. If we don’t rise to do issues in another way, we will additionally perish like them.
Though I’m dissatisfied with many issues occurring in Nigeria at present, she has my loyalty and assist.
My pledge to be devoted and trustworthy, to defend her honour and glory remains to be intact. It’s my quest to defend her honour and glory that pushed me to write down this.
ARISE NIGERIA! NIGERIA IS REDEEMABLE.
Glad Independence Anniversary