BreakingNews 3/10/14 - 54 years after Independence, Nigeria is still not free

[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. C. K. Ekeke reports ] - In his memoir book: There Was A Country – A Personal History of Biafra’ – a classic and masterful narration of Nigeria’s history and civil war, the eminent scholar, International poet, and global treasure, the late Prof. Chinua Achebe published before passing into glory last year.  He wrote abundantly about Nigeria’s independence and freedom.  In the words of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, he writes, Nigeria was given her freedom “on a platter of gold.”  We should have known that freedom should be won, not given on a plate.  Like the head of John the Baptist, this gift to Nigeria proved most unlucky.
 
 
In his famous and widely quoted book: ‘The Trouble with Nigeria,’ the late poet, philosopher and Prophet Chinua Achebe writes, “The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership.” 


The late nationalist leader and sage were absolutely right. Nigeria gained independence on a platter of gold on October 1, 1960.  Since then, she has floundered and has not really enjoyed any genuine freedom or political peace or national prosperity because of tribalism and ethnic hatred, political instability, poor leadership, religious ignorance, intolerance and violence, moral degradation, bribery and corruption, injustice, indiscipline and irresponsibility.  These and other vices quickly marred the nation’s prospect for development and progress until today. 
 
 
In his classic book: ‘The Open Sore of a Continent – A Personal Narrative of the Nigerian Crisis,’ the literary icon, an international acclaimed playwright, essayist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Novelist Wole Soyinka brilliantly and succinctly writes about the corruption, human rights abuses, bad leadership and political bondage in which Nigeria and most of Africa was subjected to since her independence.
 
 
In his masterpiece book and his treatise of governance in Nigeria: ‘Fractured History - Elite Shifts and Policy Changes in Nigeria,’ the erudite scholar and Nigeria’s former permanent representative to UN, the late Dr. Joseph Nanyen Garba, wrote “in our thirty-four years of nationhood, we have made an unprecedented turnaround; going from a nation of hope, strength, abundance, economic prosperity and high aspirations to a nation which has become the embodiment of a degenerate society.”
 
 
He further added that, “Nigeria, to my mind, does not lack real men and women.  The ingredients for creating a formidable nation exist.  What is lacking is leadership with the political will and the selfless dedication to galvanize the entire nation.” (Fractured History ….)


The late Joe Garba was right then and even now.  Yes and rightly so, Nigeria does not lack competent people that can lead.  But what she lacks are courageous men and women that can liberate us from the shackles of colonial slavery and ethnic bondage.
 
 
The Nigerian state is sore and chronically ill, ethically and morally decadent and frankly suffering from a serious and severe crisis.  The pandemic poverty, diseases, political corruption, religious violence, ethical and moral decadence rampant in Nigeria today is directly linked to lack of true leadership.
 
Since Nigeria gained independence in October 1, 1960, she has had various systems of government – Unitary, Parliamentary, Military and now Democratic Presidential system.  Despite Nigeria’s enormous human potential and abundant natural resources, the promise of these various governments has been a dismal failure.  Our political leaders have not kept their promises but floundered and left the Nigerian masses worse than when they were as slaves under the British kingdom.
 
 
President John F. Kennedy speaking during America’s Independence Day, once said, “The cost of freedom is always high but Americans have always paid it.  And one path we shall never choose and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”
 
 
Dr. Mike Murdock, the Bible wisdom teacher writes, “4th of July is very important in American history – in their war for liberty and freedom.  Americans have a holy hatred for tyrants, dictatorship and destroyers of the human will.  That’s why they willingly confront terrorism anywhere they find it.”
 
 
Freedom is not a freebie.  Human freedom cannot be granted without major struggle and sacrifice. Let us pray that God will stir up men and women with a holy hatred for tyranny to liberate our nation from bad leadership, corrupt government officials, ethnic hatred and colonial enslavement.  More than ever, Nigeria needs courageous, visionary and skilful leaders to emancipate the people and our land from satanic political leadership and restore her historic honor and moral dignity in the global community. I pray for vision and hope that we develop the moral courage to stand up for our freedoms from all shackles of injustice and enslavement in our society today.
 
 
As we celebrate today, let us thank God for preserving and keeping us together for these tumultuous 54 years.  May He give us the strength to continue to confront any forms of enslavement of our hopes and dreams and to continue to fight for our liberty and true freedom! 


Happy Independence Day!
 
 
Dr. C. K. Ekeke ( Email: cfsnl@yahoo.com ) reports.
 
 
*Photo Caption - Map of Nigeria
 
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