There is one word I like to see, mention or hear each time I connect to the media; Uhuru! It is the first name of the 4th and current Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta. Literally, Uhuru means more than ordinary name. In Swahili language, Uhuru means Freedom or Independence.
As a Sagittarian, I like to be free from worries, hatred, financial dependence, political bondage and any other form of captivity; and I take time to enjoy and celebrate such freedom within myself and any other body who has the same feeling and experience.
Today, some 55 years ago, Nigeria and Nigerians declared themselves independent of the Britain. Thereafter, a lot has happened to the entity called Nigeria. Politically, Nigeria has experienced different system of leadership and events which have been archived in her history book.
The 1st republic, the 1966-1979 military take overs, the 2nd republic, the collapse of the 2nd republic to the hands of the military again, the planned 3rd republic and 12th June,1993 ( otherwise known as June 12) saga, the interim administration and another military dictatorship, the 4th republic which saw 2 former military rulers as democratic leaders (former president, Gen.Olusegun Obasanjo rtd. and the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari)
This post is not about who rules or governs Nigeria since the day of independent declaration. Rather, it is about self assessment as Nigerians and residents of Nigeria if we are truly free from oppression, egocentrism, hatred and other self -destructive mentality.
I implore fellow compatriots to think inwardly and check ourselves as individuals, ethnic tribes, regions, religions, political parties, members of groups and organizations, if we truly have peace in us. Peace is what brings about freedom, and independence comes only with freedom.
There will be no freedom if you think of yourself alone. Nobody knows freedom if he holds grudge against his brother or fellow countrymen. Freedom will only exist where there is equality, where we treat ourselves with love, respect, understanding and support for one another, irrespective of our differences.
I see no freedom where one economic region is booming at speedy rate, while the other is losing its human and capital resources to terror, unleashed by enemies within. I see no freedom where one tribe sees the other as an enemy.
I urge us all to have a rethink. If we cannot join hands together as brothers to tackle our internal crisis and have true freedom, how then are we going to defend ourselves against external forces and gain true independence we deserve?
To the youths, we are the leaders of today, because the future is here. It is our responsibilities to use what is right in Nigeria to correct what is wrong. We can only cure hate with love. Let us imbibe the African culture of being our brother’s keeper. We have the future in our hands.
To our parents, leaders and elder statemen; the world is watching us. If we call ourselves kings, we should lead a life of lion; so that we could earn the deserving royal treatment from other countries of the world. It is often said that bad habit is the easiest to be imitated. The youths are following your steps, and any wrong step may derail many of us from the right track.
As Nigeria clocks 55 today, I join fellow Nigerians both home and abroad to celebrate this day, as we all have the right to freedom of humanity and individuality. I urge us to take this moment and a have rekindled hope and faith in this great country, Nigeria. We should not let the labour of our past heroes be in vain.
We should uphold Nigeria’s honour and glory; and I pray to Almighty God to help us. (Amen)
Happy 55th Independence day, Nigeria.
Long live Nigeria, long live Africa!
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