NIGERIA INDEPENDENCE DAY: CELEBRATING 53 YEARS OF TEARS
By FEJIRO OLIVER
| Truth comes out of error more easily than out of confusion.
By: Francis Bacon (1561-
Half a decade and three years ago, our fathers launched unto this continent a nation conceived in true liberty, without the sound of gun nor a drop of blood. This moment of today may not have been their dreams, but still yet I’m proud to be a Nigeria, and it is this immortal love for my country that has kept my ink flowing. Across this land someday; will October 1st be proclaimed the World’s Freedom Day. – Fejiro Oliver
If there is anything I regret in our 53 years of Independence; it’s that I have been a loyal and patriotic Nigerian. Had I known, I should have carried the rocket launchers and caused the nation sleepless night, that way I would have been called to Aso Rock and ask my terms of condition. Trust me, I would have told then President Yaradua that I wanted an oil block and a monthly salary of N3 million Naira. No more, no less.
So we are 53 years today and for once, all our Abuja based politicians and house boys governors are in their various state stadiums delivering one speech of transformation that is not seen on ground but paper work. In 1999, the shouts of freedom filled our lips as we all screamed at the emergence of democracy; little did we know that we were screaming for a new breed of criminals who will only make their lives and not ours miserable. Is it because no soul was lost in the fight and quest for Independence that our leaders act the way they act?
That old fox called Obasanjo in 1999 retired several army generals, little did we know that he was preparing them to come through the back door, wearing Agbada to come and govern us. Oh we never knew that fuel price which was N20 then will become N120 as our 2012 New Year gift and that a bottle of Coke Kerosene will now be sold for N80 instead of N12 we bought in 1999.
Nigeria at 53 calls for no celebration and if you think there is a cause to celebrate, listen; subsidy they screamed with their voodoo economy theory will solve the problem of the country, but now we know that the billions all went to private bank accounts. See how they systematically freed Al Mustapha; little did we know that the game plan was for him to join the PDP and help capture the North for them in the rigging movie. I truly thought that the sacking of the Education minister which I advocated for was going to end ASUU strike; little did we know that the President sees strike as a normal thing which should continue.
Didn’t they say that Boko Haram will soon fade out by the time our military men goes hard on them; little did we know that they will chase our Soldiers into the villages, scampering for their dear lives. Little did we know that Boko Haram will invade the barracks and cart away armories to use against the Nigerian government; and still yet you want us to celebrate such a nation at 53? Common folks, have our memories failed us when they offered amnesty to some boys? Little did we know that they were only creating few young billionaires, who will be rich enough to buy Jet, with some of them threatening the peace of the nation should President Jonathan lose the 2015 election. Little did we know that that the multi-billion naira surveillance contract to guard the pipelines will only increase oil theft.