Nigeria Independence Day
1st October, 1960
It was the dawn of a new era.
A nation was born, she was named Nigeria.
Yes, it was a day of freedom.
Freedom from the hands of our colonial masters;
It ignited celebration across the nation
From east to west, north to south we could hear jubilation.
Men and women, young and old in their beautiful traditional attires
and costumes rolled out with songs of joy.
They danced excitedly to the rhythm of musical instruments at their disposal;
Today, this freedom from colonial masters turned out to become slavery to god fathers.
The once self-reliant nation with oil boom and plenty of agricultural products
for local consumption and export now relies more on importation and foreign loans.
With the upsurge of different sect groups and kidnappers among other social ills,
Our mother land has become a murder land
while our father land has become farther for Nigerians in Diaspora.
Selfishness, greed, anti-ethnic and religious bigotry have fractured our nation,
and destroyed the fabric of our image locally and internationally.
We are limping as a nation and our coat of arms
Unity and faith, peace and progress keeps ebbing away
Our religious groups – the conscience of this nation are founded on peace and love
But why the chaos and hatred in our land?
Our last military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar in his words said,
“We cannot bequeath chaos, disunity, a state of insecurity
and hopelessness to the future generations of Nigerians.”
So, we must purge ourselves of anti-ethnic and religious bigotry
We must tame our greed and eradicate the abuse of power or office
We must make our land more productive, more inhabitable, more hospitable and secure
We must create a nation where public resources are utilized for the good of all and not just a few
Where men and women, young and old have a fair share of the dividends of democracy
and the voice of the poor in the rural settlement is heard and given due attention.
Our concern for the men and women in Aso Rock, the upper and lower chambers
must not be more than that towards the men and women in the rural areas
They must have access to quality education,
Good and affordable health care services and good transportation system.
Their allowances is paid as and at when they are due
We must encourage creativity and reward genuine success
We must raise people of conscience and build a nation of conscience
We must harness our intellectual knowledge,
human and natural resources to build a nation of global admiration.
We must have the will and the courage to begin anew
in order to build a united nation of peace, progress and prosperity.
May the labour of our heroes past never be in vain. Amen.