When we got independence, the yearning and aspirations of our heroes then was for a great nation called Nigeria. They desired for a nation where there will be total freedom and the citizens shall live in plenty and go about their means of livelihood with fear or harassment. They envisaged a land flowing with milk and honey.
53 year after, are the visions of our heroes past a reality? Are we living in peace and harmony? Do we see ourselves as one indivisible nation under God? Do we see Nigeria first before we see our different nationalities? Do we look out for the good of our fellow Nigerian irrespective of which part pf the nation he comes from? Do we see a Nigerian as a Nigerian or we see each person either as a Christian or Muslim?
These question may not be answered in the affirmation because these visions are far from being realised. The Nigeria we have today is a far cry from that envisaged by our heroes past. We have deviated so very far from course and we do things which are strange to the visions of our fathers. We are hausa, yoruba, Ibo, Ijaw, Nupe, Tiv, Urhobo and so on but we are not Nigerians. We are not one Nigeria as our fathers proclaimed.
Does this means that their is no hope for Nigeria? God forbid!
There is hope for Nigeria. The hope lies with us. The destiny of Nigeria is in our hands. We shall get what we sow whether a greater Nigeria or a downtrodden one. Our salvation is in our hands. We must take a firm decision to make Nigeria a greater nation and it will indeed become one. We must in our own little way be committed to the Nigerian project to make our nation a better place for us and our children.
Ask yourself this question today as we celebrate Nigeria's independence, 'Will I be a part of the problem or a part of the solution for Nigeria?".
God bless Nigeria.
Happy 53rd Independence Anniversary.