As Nigeria marks her 54th year as an independent nation, citizens have expressed diverse opinion on gains and pains of independence. While many insist, we’ve made little or no progress as a nation over the years, especially during the present administration, few believe there is still hope for the country…
‘Nigeria has nothing to celebrate @ 54’
SHIRLEY IGWE, blogger and actress
Nigeria has nothing to celebrate under the present administration. What is there to celebrate? Is it the darkness that has enveloped the nation? Or the clueless leadership of the PDP government? May be, we should celebrate the blood- letting in some parts of the North.
The time rather calls for sober reflection on what really went wrong. Our hope only lies in a change of the l current leadership of the country, come 2015.
‘There’s hope for Nigeria’
EBUBE NWAGBO, actress
Despite all our challenges, I think we shouldn’t give up on Nigeria because there is hope. We are not going to sweep our challenges under the carpet, we have to tackle them headlong.
All we need to do is to work together to build a better nation. I wish all Nigerians, especially fans, happy Independence celebration.
‘Nigeria’s birthday mates are ahead of us’
LORENZO, Showbiz Entrepreneur
Like I read in one of the Saturday (September 27,2014) newspapers, Nigeria has been overtaken by all the countries she gained independence at the same time. This is a disturbing development. I think our leaders have failed us.
We can’t give up until we enthrone good governance, an offshoot of sustainable democracy. It’s only then we can celebrate our independence.
‘Yes, we have to celebrate our freedom’
I GO DYE, Entertainer
If you were in countries where people really fought for Independence, you would be celebrating every year. My opinion is that we have every cause to celebrate @ 54. Let’s change our song of pessimism and hopelessness and believe in Nigeria. Yes, we can make it as a nation.
‘We can’t celebrated without Chibok girls’
SAIDI BALOGUN, producer and actor
I don’t think it’s worth celebrating with the kidnapped Chiok girls released before October 1. My question now is what will be the basis of an independence celebration when the innocent girls are still in the custody of Boko Haram? So, Nigeria needs lot to do in the aspect of security. Nigerians are no happy at the moment. Something serious and urgent has to be done so that we can have confidence in the leadership of the country.
‘It should be a moment for sober reflection’
ANTAR LANITAN, producer
I think it should be a moment for sober reflection. The celebration would have been okay if our kidnapped Chibok school girls will be around to partake.
‘Nigeria is worth celebrating’
BARR. JOHN ITODO
Left to me, I think Nigeria at 54 is worth celebrating irrespective of our differences. We have grown from where we were 54 years back. Today, we have an identity called Nigeria.
And whatever the political and democratic experiment we may be going through right now, I believe, it’s to make us better and stronger in the nearest future. No doubt, there are lots of challenges including corruption, terrorism, poor power supply, poor infrastructure and much more, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate. It now depends on what people will celebrate.
MC ICE, comedian
Nigeria is really 54? Just like yesterday. As if I was there when we gained independence. Nigeria is a place of fun but where fear is still paramount, where the rule of law is never the ultimate. We still have a long way to go, but we are getting there as days go by.
It is. I am sure if in this dispensation we actually had some square peg in square holes like in Lagos, Akwa Ibom by 2015, our people go will shine their eyes well so our stomach infrastructure will not take us back again like Ekiti.
I am sure our leaders already know what to do, it’s just the will power to implement. How do you give a known criminal Presidential pardon who even hasn’t shown any remorse. So what precedence are we setting for the youths of today? Just because of political gains? Let’s have same law for all men.
ALEX OKOROJI, actress
My honest assessment of Nigeria at 54 is that we still have a long way to go before we are truly independent of the old way of thinking and practice that got us where we are today. If Nigeria will make any progress, the time is now. What we need is a revolution, where the youths and citizens are willing to change their mind set, character, become actively involved in polity, policy and participate in the development of their community.
GOSPORELLA, Disc Jockey
What is there to say? Everything is annoying. No steady electricity, no steady internet, no steady income, valueless naira, cacophonic leaders, terrorism, diseases everywhere, no potable water to drink, poverty ridden masses. This country can be described as a managed chaos sitting on a keg of gun powder that will explode at the slightest provocation. People are not happy.
BRO. JOSHUA IGINLA, Cleric
It’s quite sad that at 54 Nigeria is still beset with numerous socio-economic and political issues that have stunted her growth. Humanly speaking, it’s not worth celebrating due to national issues such as Boko Haram and corruption in high places that have refused to leave us. But as the servant of God, I know with God all things are possible. Nigerians should use this as a moment of sober reflection on what and how we can help make Nigeria a better place for our children.
Yes, there is hope if we only embrace the truth and honestly turn to the true teachings of God.
SENATOR OLORUNNIBE MAMORA, politician
We thank God that Nigeria will soon be marking its 54years of independence. But we are not where we should be. Thank God that we still exist as a country. I am not sure if we have attained nationhood in the real sense of it.
But at least we are living together, in spite of the challenges that we have. Challenges in the areas of security, poor power supply, corruption, youth unemployment, infrastructural decay, leadership problem and so on. In fact, it’s a big problem that is confronting us as a country.
There is hope particularly in the political horizon because we seem to be evolving a two party system. Once this two party system is fully entrenched, the party in power, whether at central or at the states level, will think twice before taking the people for granted in terms of meeting their expectations. Fortunately, we are moving towards another election next year. People will really have an opportunity whether we want a change or not. All hope is not lost. It’s left for the people to effect a change if they really want this country to move forward through whom they vote for in the next election.
FAIR PRINCE, artiste
It’s not something to celebrate because we are still like a toddler at 54. However, I believe it’s time for a paradigm shift in the affairs of this country because we still lag behind in terms of meaningful development.
However, Nigeria can still be great if Nigerians, and especially the leaders can have the genuine interest of this country at heart.
At 54, Nigeria is still very much behind bcause of bad leadership personal interest, religious bigotry and tribalism. Nigeria is my country not yet the country, of my dreams. We need the right attitude to get there. Better leadership put aside personal interest and more patriotic towards the country.
At 54, we are still crawling and it’s sad. We seem to seriously lose our foot hold and it’s affecting the economy as a whole. There are a lot if potentials wasting away but instead for it to be harnessed and put it to use. We prefer stealing and looting the country’s money to foreign countries and hide it there. So, at 54, there is nothing to be celebrated.
This is not the Nigeria of my dreams. To improve, improvise what was done in Ghana by eliminating all those at the top and fumigate the lower chamber, so there will be fresh air, because now it’s seriously polluted.
I am glad we made it thus far. No, in terms of social infrastructural development and public hygiene. However, I love the atmosphere created by the proactive people with kind hearts.
Much can be done in terms of consistency in execution of projects and prioritization of urgent needs.
I will say at 54, I am genuinely impressed by some of the things we have achieved as a nation. That said, I believe though that we still have a long way to go. It seems like every other week our image suffers shameful blows due to some of the acts perpetrated by our leaders. And due to lack of good roads, electricity, and the presence of corruption, Nigeria has perennially remained a sleeping giant. Large scale unemployment and poverty coupled with our inability to decisively deal with Boko Haram have turned our country into a laughing stock among all nations, with minnows like Ghana, Togo, Tanzania and even Benin Republic now comparing themselves to us.
With all the multitude of misfortunes befalling our great nation, I still prefer it to anywhere else. That’s why I relocated back home from Europe.
It’s sad that the power to turn Nigeria into an economic power has been taken from the people and hoarded by extremely corrupt leaders. The best way to improve our country is to fight corruption.