Oct 1st, 2016 – Nigeria’s 56th Birthday: There Is No Cause For Celebration – Nollywood Filmmaker Fidelis Duker
For most Nigerians, our 56th anniversary doesn’t really call for celebration. We’re going through our most challenging times in this country. Yes many would attribute it to past leadership structure and you’d begin to ask, who are those who led us in the past? So, I think essentially, I feel we’ve not done too well. It’s so sad that the recession we’re facing at this time could have been avoided if we’ve taken precaution in the past.
But beyond that, our togetherness for this long especially despite the crisis in the North-East, with the Biafra agitations and of course the indiscretion of some people in the South-South, beyond that we continue to exist as a country and that assures one that Nigeria will continue to exist.
But I feel there is a lot to do. If you look at the political environments too- elections are here and you still hear that it wasn’t fair. I was expecting that after the last election we would have gotten to a point where people would no longer see elections as do or die.
One of the hallmarks of the past government was the ability of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to show statesmanship by stepping aside because that was the collective will of Nigerians. We’re hearing things like budget padding for the first time this year and it’s so sad. We hear of people trading their children for food.