NIGERIA IS 52: SO WHAT?
Birthdays, anniversaries, independence days are all days that aren’t taken for granted in this part of the world. Most of the time, you see people who’ve had no good food to eat and no good clothes to wear prepare the most delicious meal and adorn themselves with the best of apparels just to celebrate. Celebrating isn’t the problem, the problem is celebrating a worthless existence. The problem lies in celebrating a nation that has been milked dry and left to self-destruct.
Nigeria is 52; yeah, so we heard. The question is 52 years of what? Today, those who joined hands together to get this nation to this edge of abyss are the same ones coming out to celebrate her. Today, we are left to wonder what we have to celebrate when virtually everything that we once knew has been changed right before our eyes. We are left wondering what we should celebrate when the labors of our founding fathers are being wasted right before our eyes. Yes, we can’t but wonder why we should celebrate when the security and oneness we once felt has become a thing of the past. Why should we celebrate when the people who came together as one to fight colonial masters and later the military have now turned against one another. What do we have to celebrate when the ones who forgot religious, tribal and political differences to break free have allowed the same things to drive a wedge through them.
What is our joy when people have been so pushed to the wall that they no longer dread the return of the military? Why should we rejoice when the people who are supposed to be servants have taken what belongs to their masters? How can we celebrate when there is no one who can be held accountable? How can we be happy when our money gets stolen everyday, yet the thieves still roam our streets? How can we be happy when we budget money for the same thing year after year?
If there’s anytime for us to awake, it’s now. We’ve slept for too long. This giant has been out for too long. It’s time for Nigerian youths the world over to join hands together and end the reign of terror unleashed upon this nation by greedy and self-centred rulers. There is the need for us to overcome the various barriers placed before us by manipulative leaders. We must demand that we need transparency and accountability. We must ask them to either start acting or get ready to be thrown out.
It is only after coming together as one, getting involved in the reclaiming of our nation and awakening the sleeping giant, that we can actually celebrate true independence.
God bless Nigeria!
Ogunjimi James Taiwo