It’s a National Holiday! But…

People might not be excited about Independence Day celebrations this year because these past months has been quite a lot. It has taking its toll on many Nigerians especially the poor masses.

The only excitement I see is that of having a free day off work and of spending time with family. I’m guessing there’s only a very few wondering why.

Well here it goes….

The Political Climate has been tensed thereby causing a lot of dissatisfaction with the government and its electoral processes. This has dampened the hope for the future of the country and many are in doubt of Nigeria’s Prosperity.

The ongoing Economic and Social challenges due to removal of fuel subsidy, and other economic hardships such as high unemployment rates and inflation can make people less inclined to celebrate the holiday with enthusiasm.

The Security threats and Public Health Issues is another issue that has been consistent for over a decade. The list goes on and on.

For the elderly who really felt the impact of the independence when it happened in their time. The Holiday brings back memories of how the nation came out from under its colonial master and stood on its own, becoming the Giant of Africa. From their story, we draw strength and know that there’s hope for the future.

Together with these testimonials, I encourage my fellow countrymen to find solace in the “Nigerian prayer”

“Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause. Guide our leaders right, help our youths the truth to know. In love and honesty to grow and living just and true. Great lofty heights attain. To build a nation where peace and justice shall reign.”

Happy Independence Day!