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Celebrating Nigeria at 58: Woes and Hopes

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58 dirty years ago saw the emancipation of a ‘multinational state’:Nigeria. Apparently, our heroes past didn’t just fight for Independence, they envisaged a truly independent country where unity and faith, peace and progress abound.

Today, there is the reality of pains and chains, and some have argued that we are still slaves-slaves to foreign ideologies, slaves to foreign cultures, slaves to foreign religions, slaves to foreign economies and even slaves of one another. Hence, our freedom is only to the extent that we are responsible for our actions but not the thoughts that inform those actions. Undoubtedly, our underdevelopment cannot be explained in isolation.

Though we celebrate freedom, but our minds are yet subjects to the shackles that bind the mind. Our minds have remained captives to ethnic, political and religious chauvinism. Consequently, we have merely existed as a geographical expression of Lugard and we are not better than religious fanatics, ethnic bigots and political jobbers.

Though, we can be said to be an Independent ‘people’, we are not better than an oppressed ‘people’- the political class has over the years been our new slave masters and we are yet slaves in our own land. Sadly, in the land of plenty, we suffer lack.

Nonetheless, we have been raped yet not broken, alienated yet not estranged, bruised yet not wounded, oppressed yet not depressed, cheated yet not frustrated. Against all odds, we have remained resilient. We won’t stop living, we won’t stop fighting, we won’t stop talking, we won’t stop praying, we won’t stop hoping, we won’t stop believing because the Nigeria of our dreams is achievable.

Happy New Month!
Happy Independence Celebration Nigeria!!đŸ‡³đŸ‡¬

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