My Nigeria Independence Day Reflections

Inspiration / Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Nigeria Independence Day!

Dear Nigerian,

On this Nigeria Independence Day, which of these leaders past or present are you proud of without “a but”, kindly comment below.

The leaders so far are Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa1960-1963, President Nnamdi Azikiwe1963-1966, Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi 1966, General Yakubu Gowon,1966-1975, General Murtala Mohammed 1975-1976, Major-General Olusegun Obasanjo 1976-1979, President Shehu Shagari1979-1983, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari 1983-1985, General Ibrahim Babangida 1985-1993, President Ernest Shonekan1993, General Sani Abacha 1993-1998, General Abdulsalami Abubakar 1998-1999, President Olusegun Obasanjo 1999-2007, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua 2007-2010, President Goodluck Jonathan2010-2015 and President Muhammadu Buhari 2015-Present.

My Independence Day Reflections

I woke up this morning thinking, it is another year and another Nigeria Independence Day, but our collective story hasn’t changed. I’ll save you the sermon and bitter-sad roll calls.

Let us take a moment to question ourselves, have we lived up to our full potential as individuals and collectively as a people of the same nation. If you are true to yourself, the answer to this will be NO.

Whether you are a Christian, Muslim or Traditionalist it is time to hold our religious, political leaders and institutions to be credible, demand more.

Are you a “fencist” or member of any of the lacklustre political institution, isn’t it time to build institutions that don’t thrive on giving handouts? Can we stop supporting political institutions or individuals along politicals lines, religious or ethnic groups and demand performance that benefits us all as a society?

We are still excusing our god-power while many nations leave us behind. There still exit success stories in the midst of it all but imagine a Nigerian ecosystem that supports growth and productivity of its citizen.

We must strive for excellence in our businesses and professional careers as individual Nigerians, don’t be mediocre or support mediocrity in any way, it directly comes back to haunt us all.

Its time to be Nigerian first whether you’re at home or abroad, regardless of your ethnic nationality or region, our collective identity is very rich and benefits us all.

Whether you have a reason to celebrate today or not, many Nigerians don’t and so far this continues to be a norm, we all need to do better as a Nation.

Its time for individuals to stop hiding behind political, religious or other excuses to commit atrocities and go scot-free. Hold yourself and everyone responsible, this is how we remain free.

Final Thoughts

Let’s all remember that “Nations survive and advance with brains, wise policies, and manpower — not through speeches and cheap populist agitation” – Anonymous and that “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”-Gloria Steinem.

Stop praying and get to hard-smart work.

Cheers Nigeria.

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