As Nigeria is preparing to celebrate her 61 years of Independence, the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed his disappointment over the current state of the country even after 61 years of gaining Independence. The number one citizen of Rivers state while speaking on Sunday at the state's capital (Port Harcourt) listed some important things that have kept Nigeria in its current state which all Nigerians need to checkmate and make amend if we really want to grow as a country.
Photo of Governor Wike. Source: TheCable
At 61, Nigeria is no longer a baby country. Nigeria should be a country other African countries, especially those in the West should be looking up to. In my opinion, as we mark this year's Independence, all Nigerians should consider what governor Wike has said and work towards making the country better. We need to answer his question if we want to grow.
In his statement, Wike said at 61 Nigeria is still battling with religious and ethnic crisis, which he said has left Nigeria in its current state. He said Nigeria is supposed to be competing with other developed countries of the world but we are still struggling to live in unity. The governor also alleged that even at 61 some person's her plotting to rig election (talking about 2023 general election).
Governor Wike in his statement is not far from the truth. He has said the hard truth which some persons are afraid of hearing. Religious and Ethnic difference has been a major issue in the country. It has done more harm than good to Nigeria. So if we need to grow as a country, we need to end the Religious and Ethnic war.
Just as he asked, "what are we really celebrating?" This is a question every Nigerian should find an answer to as we mark our 61 years of Independence. We must learn to tolerate one another.
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