Modern Nigeria Like Our Colonial Era
Updated on by Olusegun Fapohunda
After the independence of Nigeria in 1960 a lot of events had occurred that we can still relate to the days of our Colonial era. Some of Governmental principles practiced by our present government can still be related to the days of Herbert Macaulay, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and many more other past leaders of Nigeria.
The then colonial leaders were selling Nigerians and depriving us of our rights and our present day government are depriving of our basic needs. No good health facilities, poor educational system, bad roads and poor maintenance mentality just like the days of our colonial era. All we have today is civilisation, modernization with no proper education. They gave us mirrors, golds and other mere valuables in exchange of humans during the colonial era but today they give us rice, bean ,yam and many more in exchange of our Vote.
Those days our naira had value, those days the purchasing power of our currency had impact. Unlike today where they only beautify a currency with no a sub-stancial value. Those days of Trade-by-barter where we exchange good for goods and services for services and our so called leaders are still in the era of trade-by-barter whereby the help those who helped them during their campaigns (i.e service for service) giving them cars because they gave cars during their campaigns, giving them houses because they gave them houses during their campaigns (goods for goods) and many more. So fellow Nigerians, what era are we still in?
Right from onset, Nigerians have always being focusing on one aspect of the economy. That aspect they feel is the most profitable. During the old days, we all concentrated on cocoa farming which was the most profitable business of it time but today where are the cocoa plantations, even our youths of now a days don’t want to go near the farms talk less of involving themselves in any agricultural business because they feel it is a non-viable business. That was back then. Today we are still focusing on one major aspect of the economy which is the oil and gas sector which is our major source of revenue. My question is when the era of oil and gas are gone when we begin to have solar automobiles, solar machines and we get our main source of energy from solar energy, what will be the hope of Nigeria and Nigerians?
In this same Nigeria, ethical differences have been the era of the day right from the days of our colonial leaders. Every ethnic are fighting for their own personal interest and not the interest of Nigeria as a whole. The Hausa’s want to be the ruling government, the igbo’s want to be the ruling government the yoruba’s are not as well left behind. We are all fighting for our own personal interest and not the interest of Nigeria as a whole. In 1960, Nigeria became an independent country. Azikiwe became the first President of Nigeria. However ethnic tensions and power struggles soon emerged and became a crisis in 1966 when Nigerian military officers of Igbo descent overthrow the democratically-elected government of Tafewa Balewa who along with the Northern Premier Ahmadu Bello and others were subsequently assassinated. The killing of Northern politicians enraged Northerners resulting in violence against the Igbo by northerners. The military government sought to end the ethnic unrest by dismantling the federal system of government and replacing it with a unitary system of government, however this reform was short-lived as the government was overthrown in another coup Wars which also occurred based on ethnical interest and some of those wars are the Biafra and the Nigeria civil war from 1967 to 1970. Just seven years after the independence of Nigeria. Ethnical violence has always been part of us from on set and now a days we Boko Haram, the suppressed Niger delta militants and other small ethnical terrorising associations.
Nigerian nationalism has been negatively affected by multiple historical episodes of ethnic violence and repression of certain ethnic groups by the Nigerian government between the various peoples has resulted in multiple secessionist movements.
Back to the colonial, leaders were made by selection and not election based on their popularity, family background and their wealth same thing occurs in our present Nigeria which our leaders are not chosen by election but by selection made by famous prominent Nigerians who classify themselves as senior citizens of our dear nation. They choose and dictate our leaders for us, they deprive us of our future, kill our own dreams to build theirs, deprive us of our rights to achieve their aims and they always wanting to be leaders and making us followers forever. They practice Nepotism, Favouritism and other ungodly system of Government. “They believe Nigeria belongs to them” “They believe our dear nation belongs to them” “They believe Leadership is their birth right”.
So my fellow countrymen, what’s are the difference between the colonial days and our present Nigeria in terms of Leadership. We still practice the old ideology of leadership. My fellow countryman 2015 is another opportunity.
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