IN fact, this ought to be the real celebration as it should contain in it the ingredients that should move the country forward after all the music, dancing, parties, state dinners, dramas, etc, of the celebration are over.
The fact that the 50th year independence anniversary coincides with the country’s preparation for an election to install political leaders in the country gives great import to the call for a sober reflection. One urges Nigerians to take up this call as one’s real contribution to the anniversary celebration but more importantly as one’s effort at making Nigeria a truly free and blessed nation.
The mention of the words – “Truly Free” at once raises the question of what freedom the average Nigeria has enjoyed in the last 50 years.
In the political dispensation in Nigeria – democracy – the citizens entrust our security and welfare to those who in normal circumstance should be elected to represent us, the citizens.
Consequently, election of our representatives – our political leaders – is of paramount importance; the mode of election, the type of people elected should be a matter of priority consideration to all citizens of this country.
The word of God shows in no unmistakable terms that there are essentially two types of leaders – this can be ascertained from Proverbs Chapter 29 verse 2 which goes thus –
“When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”
Having regard to the passage, taking a cursory look at Nigeria at 50, at this point in time, becomes relevant. Prevalent in Nigeria is a high rate of unemployment, social ills are many faceted and deep.
At a time Nigeria was notorious for 419, now for Yahoo fraudsters and kidnapping – all evidence of get-rich syndrome, appalling road network where there is anything to be called network.
Imagine such an important road like Lagos – Benin being in such a terrible state of disrepair from one government after the other. Travelling from Lagos to Benin is nothing but a nightmare.
Does one need to talk of energy and the pathetic state of most of our hospitals and ho! our educational institutions that are in shambles? In spite of supposedly good programmes embarked upon by one government after the other to alleviate poverty, poverty has not gone away, it is on the increase, what with middle class being wiped away since the days of SAP; vision 2020 being a dream, the nation’s economic downward trend, especially with the collapse of the stock market. As a matter of fact, the landscape countrywide is more gloomy than the picture herein highlighted.
The level of retrogression in many aspects of our national life since the departure of the colonial government is better imagined.
By J.O. EJUEYITCHIE-OROYE