ALL RIGHT, LET’S MAKE WAY FOR THE GROWN MAN; NIGERIA TURNS 58 TODAY, HURRAY!
Many homes today are going to be releasing balloons in the air, malls and events places are going to be parked out as people are going to flood every exciting place within the country. There’s going to be a large number of street storms; churches, NGOs and other entities are going to seize the opportunity to engage residence. Alcohol is going to experience increase in sales because everyone wants to be merry and one part I love the most about today is that, a good number of the working population would not have to go to work today. As we celebrate the independence day which began on the 1st of October 1960. I couldn’t be happier as I am posting this article while enjoying the soft coziness of my bedroom.
However, there are lots of things to give your heart some restlessness within country if you choose to look in retrospect. The last year has been characterized by incessant power failure, bad roads, and fights against corruption, Boko Haram insurgence, political and environmental unrest, police harassment to a certain group of people, inflation, transportation woes and a whole lot more. Well, these have been the characteristics of Nigeria these past 58 years.
So where is this country going this next 58 years?
Nigerians are very optimistic people and so am I, but if the trend of nonchalance should continue, there are a number of things we can rest assured that Nigeria will experience, such as;
Increased brain drain: just in case you haven’t noticed, everyone whether intellectual or not are finding their way to other countries to offer their expertise in exchange for better livelihood. Soon we will lose all our medical personnel to Europe and Arab nations. Money must be made.
Worsened health care: we have a terrible health care system in the country and we would need special intervention to revamp the system.
Autocracy: we are seemingly losing every sense of democracy in the country with the increased level of intimidation a lot of people and political parties are beginning to experience.
Erratic inflation: this is one trend we see every now and then in the economy; it’s nothing new. We are set to see further increase in price of commodities especially fuel which happens to be the life wire of the economy.
There’s more that I have left out of this article but if you take a few minutes to TINK about it you’ll see.
I pointed out earlier, the optimism of the average Nigerian. We are certain than things will begin to look up very soon as we believe that there is a new breed of people who have yet to assume authority and will change everything. Although patience is seemingly thinning out but Nigerians are patiently waiting and are strongly looking forward to the 2019 elections.
We definitely are looking forward to hearing what the president has got to say today to inspire hope and eradicate fear of anything what so ever.
So at this point, we say “Happy Birthday Nigeria, Africa believes in you”.