There are many challenges being faced across the six geopolitical zones of the country which the government is trying to curb. For instance, the wanton act of mass kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling in the northwestern region of the country, Boko Haram insurgency in the northeastern part of the country and violent agitations in the southern region of the country. These challenges come at a time when Nigeria's unity and diversity remain the greatest strength of the people. Despite these, there are people who actively support or campaign for secession simply because they are oblivious of the huge sacrifices made by past Nigerian heroes.
The past Nigerian heroes including the nationalists paid a great price to secure our independence from British colonialism. They fought for our democracy which we enjoy today. The likes of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and others were very outspoken and patriotic in discharging the affairs of governance. They uplifted the image of the country and improved productivity.
Earning our independence provided us with the sovereignty to run our own country and system of governance. The independence was not given to a selected region but the whole country. There is no reason why some people will support the division of the country despite knowing the sacrifices made by these nationalists to secure our freedom. A special day was selected to celebrate Nigeria's independence due to its significance to the country.
During the time of Nigeria's pioneer leaders, the meagre revenue the country generates from agricultural export was judiciously used to procure weapons for the armed forces, pay outstanding salaries, students scholarships and many others. They believed in the unity of the country because it is the only way Nigeria will progress.
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There is a lesson to learn from Nigeria's civil war which has caused a significant impact on the economic growth and development of the country. Such catastrophe should never be allowed to reoccur in the country. Mr Joe Igbokwe who is from the southeastern part of the country, often emphasises the need to learn from the experiences of civil war.
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