On October 1,1960, Nigeria became a sovereign state , as she gained Independence from British rule. It was a memorable day to all Nigerians, because history was made.
However, it is very glaring that the nation is currently riddled with agitations, security, social, economic and political challenges.
In spite of all these constraints, Nigeria has tried to remain one. The country has its own problems just like every other country in the world.
With these afore-mentioned reasons, Nigerians believe that there is a need to commemorate this special day. They emphasize the reason to celebrate Nigeria at 57, in an interview with Rasaq Odunlami.
Comrade Adeniji Adeshina, a social justice crusader, said that we all have reason to celebrate, because of what God has done for this great country, Nigeria. He said. “God has brought all tribes and genders together without separation, also I can see the type of the change that I voted for. I thank God for giving Nigeria a leader like President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, for clearing up this country for good.”
Mr. Amogu Okon, a security expert, in his own point of view, believes that there is no much to celebrate, due to the current political and economic challenges the country is facing. He said. “Personally, I think there is not much to celebrate, considering our present situation . I mean economic and political problems. Nevertheless, since we are still existing as a country, we can celebrate it in low key.”
Another patriotic Nigerian, Mrs. Christiana Ndieze, expressed the need to celebrate Nigeria at 57, and also urged all Nigerians to keep hope alive. She said. “We have to celebrate Nigeria at 57, because I see it as a memorable day. It is a day that Nigerians come together as one. I implore all Nigerians to keep hope alive, because I strongly believe that our great nation has a lot of potentials.” She buttressed.
A lawyer, Barrister Saheed Odunlami, in his own perspective, believed that unity of a country supersedes economic situation. He said that any country that is faced with any war, be it civil or external will be adversely affected economically.
He said. “Peace and unity of a country supersede economic situation. Any country that is faced with any war, being it civil or external will be adversely affected economically. Even if the country is economically stable, Nigeria should celebrate her 57th Independence Anniversary, for being together as one entity, despite the economic hardship people are facing. Economic situation will be worse off than what we are facing now, if Nigeria is at war. With these reasons, Nigeria deserves to celebrate her 57th Independence Anniversary.” He added.
Patriot Oyewole Abiodun, in his own opinion said that, as President Buhari is still alive, I believe the country will surely attain her goals. He said “We have enough reasons to celebrate and be joyous as Nigeria is 57. The reasons are numerous but for God still keeping our president alive till today, to me is enough for us to celebrate the Independence .”
Queen Bukola Ashade, a civil servant, believes that Nigeria’s economy has changed gradually for better. She also said that, it is quite evident that Boko Haram menace has reduced to the barest minimum. She added that there is the reason for us to celebrate our country because many of us are still alive. “I use this medium to advise President Muhammadu Buhari to put necessary measures in place, to stabilise the economy. I will not forget to appeal to the government to increase all public servants’ minimum wage.” She appealed.
Mr. Joseph Abagu, a business man, in his own submission, said that though every Nigerian feels the heat of the harsh economic situation, since All Progressives Congress (APC), took over power at the federal level, and it was in the recent report according to Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that we are out of recession. He wants Nigerians to believe that its takes little time to make impact on citizens. As regards the 57th Independence Celebration he agreed that the nation has every cause to celebrate it, because despite many agitations Nigeria did not break up.
Mrs. Nimota – Ronke Balogun, a civil servant, in her response believes there is the need to celebrate 57th Independence Anniversary. She equally said that the government at the federal level has tried, but should try as much as possible to do more for the betterment of the citizens. She said. “To be really frank, PMB’s administration is really trying because I can see a lot of development. We need to thank God because despite all the challenges, no civil war whatsoever. People in the diaspora respect PMB’s integrity and courage to tackling Nigeria’s problems. I advise him not to relent in his effort, and I pray God gives him good health to continue.”