Is Nigeria Better as an Independent Nation OR Better under British Colonization?
On this day 57 years ago, there was massive jubilation and celebration as Nigeria gained her independence from Britain on her declaration of independence. Many great icons like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Tafawa Balewa, Awolowo and more who fought for Nigeria’s Independence finally got what they and Nigeria as a whole wanted! But the struggle for independence was not easy. There was a lot of struggle, meetings, and even deaths before it was achieved.
But just a few years after Nigeria gained her independence, the Nigerian Civil war broke out from 6 July 1967 – 15 January 1970and was a genocide. Many lives were lost and even though there was a winning side, the effect of the war is still felt in Nigeria today, as that sense of unity is not fully embraced in every part of the country.
Imagine how Britain and the world were laughing at Nigeria during the Nigerian Civil War. They would say we were not able to hold our self together. Would have probably called us names like uncultured baboons and the likes.
Yet even after the civil war, there has been several riots and killings in Nigeria, most of which are religious or tribal.
The Tribal difference in Nigeria is so enormous to ignore. There are 371 tribes in Nigeria, but Lord Luggard and co felt it would be better for all of these tribes to live as one. The effect of this decision is still felt and debated daily!
There are calls for secession. “Biafrans” saying they are being marginalized, Niger Deltans calling for better living and remuneration for people in the South-South, the Yorubas calmly looking on and probably caring less about fighting but party hard no matter what, and the North always flying the “One Nigeria Flag”.
Sometimes Nigeria feels like animal farm and other times like paradise; especially during football games and another major event. And no matter the differences in Nigeria, they would never entertain another country insulting Nigerians.
Now, during the era of colonization, the county’s economy was very good. The currency stable and the Brits used their powers to command respect and shun any violence. It was like a Military government, only that they actually improved the country to some extent. But we can’t ignore the fact that they stole our resources and exported to their country. And would bring the final products here and sell at an exorbitant amount.
But with the way things are going in Nigeria. Politicians promising heaven and earth, only to come into power and act like strangers. Nigeria’s Economy dwindling as our Politicians continue to loot the country dry and leading us into recession.
Even the ordinary man in the grassroots is not innocent as he will rather rob the next person he see’s than allowing then rum on him. It’s not really just the politicians, it’s everyone! This virus has eaten deep into the country, even the layman may perpetuate more evil if given the chance!
All this got me thinking…As Nigeria celebrates her Independence, is there really something worth celebrating?? Would Nigeria be better if we allow/allowed Britain colonize us for a few more years than rushing for Independence when we’re not ready?? In your opinion, Is Nigeria Better as an Independent Nation OR Better under British Colonization?