OPINION: Nigeria at 60 – Wasted or Fruitful Years?
Without mincing words, Nigeria at 60 is indeed a wasted years.
Despite the current harsh socioeconomic conditions that the country has been thrown into by the current and past government due to lack of leadership capacity and clear vision, there is light at the end of the tunnel
We are aware of the overwhelming feeling of despair across the country and many Nigerians wondering aloud what’s there to celebrate in Nigeria’s diamond
We, however, ask Nigerians to keep hope alive. Sixty years ago, the pioneer leaders of Nigeria from all the regions had a vision of a great, prosperous, and united nation. After independence on October 1, 1960, Nigeria became an emerging African power with huge potentials and a lot of promise. As the most populous African nation with the largest single concentration of blacks in the world, Nigeria became the proud cynosure of the African continent and the black race at large with a future assured.
Alas! After 60 years of sovereignty, Nigeria has remained a crawling baby instead of living up to its birth image as the giant of Africa.
The last sixty years have been particularly challenging to the country due to no clear direction for the country as it suffers from unprecedented socioeconomic and infrastructural deficits, chronic insecurity and, most critically, our unity has been severely enervated through the wrong policies and actions that have been extremely nepotistic and divisive.
It is in this wise that I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to live up to the slogan of the diamond jubilee tagged “TOGETHER” by governing the country as the president of Nigeria and not a section of it.
God bless Nigeria