The federal Republic of Nigeria today celebrates 58 years since they gained independence on October 1st 1960 with its first leader Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe running from October 1960 to October 1966 when he was succeeded through a coup d’etat by Gen. J.T.U Aguiyi Ironsi. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was appointed by the Queen of England as the first Nigerian President (1963-1966), this is so because between 1960-1963 Azikiwe was called Governor General of the Republic of Nigeria and not president as is today known.
Nigeria recounts the achievements she has recorded over this 58 years. It should be noted that for over this years 13 Presidents have ruled Nigeria with Two of them sitting in for different regimes that is Gen./Chief Olusegun Obasanjo( 13/02/1976-1/10/1979 and 29/05/1999 -29/05/2007). And Major. Gen.
Muhammadu Buhari(31/12/2983-27/08/1985 and 2015 till present). The leadership of the 13 heads of state has been both Civilian and Military Rule. For instance the present President Buhari first rule was military as he came to power through a coup but his second is civilian rule so too was Obasanjo.
The celebration of this year seems different as Buhari says “Nigeria is making progress in the fight against corruption despite the fight back of corruption persons”. Buhuri in his address to the Nation, he stated that a new dispensation of openness and accountability had also manifested in economic yields, as local and foreign investment continue to boom. We are making progress in the fight against corruption and recovery of stolen public funds and assets despite vicious and stiff resistance. The shameful past practice of the brazen theft of billions of Naira is no more.
Shady oil deals and public contracts that were never delivered are now things of the past”. Linking the savings of funds with development, He noted that consequently this is very evident in the country and we have done more with less of infrastructural development. He added that” Roads, railways, major bridges, schools and energy, power, air and seaports, welfare of serving and retired personnel both military and civilians including payment of legacy debts such as pension, arrears have been attended to.
There is now an enabling environment for local and foreign investment in Nigeria. We are building a rule-based system-a level playing field that is free from fixers and intermediaries., this is the cornerstone to help genuine investors and honest consumers, and the platform that will allow for real reforms that we intent to deliver in the coming years” .
It should be noted that Buhari came to power in 2015 with the promise to fight corruption and secure the country from the incursion of the Boko Haram sect. The government has however entered into agreements with partners for the repatriation of looted stolen fund, meanwhile the country’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial crime Commission (EFCC).
Buhari’s promise to wipe out Boko Haram has made very little achievements as the sect still post a lot of threat not only to the northern zones but to the Southern zone as well, as they strive to inflict much pain on the government inspite of Buhari’s rich military experience as a major General. He in his speech failed to touch the Biafran independent request, the Benue-Hausa crisis etc which have claimed the lives of many Nigerians.
It should equally be known that Muhammadu Buhari will be running in next years presidential election as will once more be representing the All Progressive Congress (APC) party as their candidate. Buhari so far has recorded scores of resignation from his government ever since he took over office, amongst them is the senate President, Women minister etc. He has equally faced a stiff resistance from his wife Aisha Buhari who has equally stated her intention to run for 2019 presidential election, and has been criticising her husband openly. This explains why his independence speech was more of a campaign speech than an x-ray of the Nation from birth.
Join our sister Nigeria to Celebrate with them.
Ntuntih Smith Mohbambu.