Nigeria don’t deserve Independence Anniversary!
I woke up today with barrage of messages on my phone, Twitter, BBM and Facebook, all from friends, families, subordinates, colleagues, financial institutions, etc. all wishing me Happy Independence Anniversary. Yes, today is Nigeria’s 54th Independence Day.
I replied most of these messages out of obligation. I don’t feel there is anything independent about Nigeria. I have witnessed over thirty of this so-called Independence Day. But what I have noticed is Nigeria’s steady descent into dependence rather than independence.
In fact, I don’t see why Nigerians cannot violate the norm. I don’t see why we cannot roll out the drums to celebrate ‘Dependence Anniversary’. We are a unique nation; it would just be one of our litanies of elevating the absurd.
Why we should celebrate ‘Dependence Anniversary’:
1. Nigerians depend of private power generators for electricity.
2. We depend on private security to secure our lives, homes, businesses, offices, etc.
3. We depend on foreign countries to secure innocent girls abducted by Boko-Haram terrorists. #BringBackOurGirls
4. We depend on private water bore-hole and well water.
5. We depend on mechanics daily since our roads not only kill but damage our cars as well.
6. The nouveau riches depend on private universities or seek education abroad due to incessant strikes.
7. We depend on lunching and jungle justice because our police lack modern policing gadgets and are ineffective.
8. We depend on Civilian JTF to fight terrorists in Borno State because our military operate with pre-independence armoury and cannot match Boko-Haram’s.
8. We resign our fates to God since getting justice in our courts is always infinitely long and frustrating.
We get ripped off daily by banks via ATM charges and SMS alerts, mobile network operators, power generation companies, insanely corrupt and kleptomaniac politicians, illegal police check-points and detention, military harassment, etc., yet we say we are free?
Let us roll out the drums to celebrate our litany of woes.
It is time to celebrate our ‘Dependence Anniversary’.
Femi Olabisi twits @Femiolas