Nigeria is ordinarily a beautiful nation, which had the potential of being one of the most powerful territories in the entire world. Looking at the fact that she has all these amazing natural resources, rich cultural background, and the glorious honor of being home to the largest concentration of black people in the world.
On the surface, one would consider the Nigerian territory as having the requisite qualities of an independent state. And they would not be entirely wrong. But if we took a magnifying glass, and looked through it, at this same Nigerian territory, it wouldn’t be long before we started seeing the cracks, crevices, and other such defects that characterize the state.
Independence is a condition of a person, nation, country, or state in which residents and population, or some portion thereof, exercise self-government, and usually sovereignty, over its territory. The opposite of independence is the status of a dependent territory.– Definition of Independence, Wikipedia.
There have been arguments that have birthed the opinion that Nigeria is the source from which all “black life” flows. In all honesty, it makes sense. Most African cultures can tie their origins to Nigeria, and Nigerian cultures and people have so spread around the world that you can hardly be in any corner of the earth without finding a Nigerian person. There is probably a Nigerian man operating a sauna in the North Pole.
Anyone who has come in contact with Nigerian people, art and culture, would definitely be able to honestly attest to the fact that indeed the land is rich. But is she really? Is Nigeria really living up to any of the standards to which she is held? These days, the answer to that is usually negative. At least for the average person living within the territory.
Nigeria has long been marred by the lust for power which its people have exuded from much too early since the so-called independence. I mean, one military coup, and a full scale civil war -both of which occurred within the first decade of independence and first 7 years of being a republic-, appears to me to be a terrible report card.
There is definitely no need to mention the several subsequent military coups, failed republics, Ghana-Must-Gos, et cetera which the country had to go through before achieving a (brief) period of (relative) stability. We probably should also not make a fuss about the (ridiculous) recycling of individuals at the helms of Nigeria’s affairs, holding on to the reins of power with old, calloused and tremulous hands impaired by stiff and inflexible muscles.
We should not discuss the epileptic and paralytic power grids, it is well. And what about the different wild animals bypassing all security protocols and swallowing funds in supposedly highly protected government buildings? Probably not. The hike in prices and extreme poverty rate of the country nko? Let’s not “loud it”. The extrajudicial killings and police brutality (which by the way has continued low key even after all the #EndSARS protests)?? Maybe we’ll discuss it another time, along with the steady plummeting of the Naira against practically every other currency on the foreign exchange market.
It is well. Like the Yoruba people will say, “O ba ni, ko ba je” . It is well. “We move”. Let’s go ahead with the rest of our lives and keep wishing, and hoping, and praying and fasting. The hosts of heaven will soon come and deliver Nigeria by the grace of God. Amen? Amen.
“Happy Independence” 🙂
By Oluwamayowa Akinyemi