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Nigeria at 60: World Most Populous Black Nation Marked 60years of Independence

Today, Nigeria is celebrating 60yaers of independence. That will be 60 years of development from a toddler through puberty – through adulthood and then maturity in a peerson’s life.
Prime Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa took over the reins of power after decades of British colonial rule and led the new coalition government of independent Nigeria n 1 October 1960.
The festivities in some parts of the country lasted for weeks and it was an unforgettable experience for those present at the Race Course (now Tafawa Balewa Square) in Obalende, Lagos.
“They shut off the lights just before the stroke of midnight and lowered the British Union Jack,” Ben Iruemiobe, a then bright-eyed 16-year-old student watching the Nigerian flag rise told the BBC.
“Then the lights were turned back on at midnight and the green-white-green stood majestically for all to see. This was followed by a fireworks volley, then the military band played and we rejoiced,”
Last week, at a brief ceremony in Aso Villa, President Muhammadu Buhari launched a year-long celebration with a fitting theme “ Together We Shall Be.
Nigeria, with its talented young population who have notably shaped the world as the country eclipse to become the largest black nation on earth and slowly filled most corners of the globe was largely celebrated.
When the British colonial government gave up its rule of the nation in 1960, many officially found it to be relatively ready and capable of leading Africa from the front and indeed the black race.
Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa, announced to the world in his speech on Independence Day in Lagos that Nigeria was committed to exploiting its independence to become a responsible member at that time and even in the future.
“This is a wonderful day, and it is all the more wonderful because we have awaited it with increasing impatience, compelled to watch one country after another overtaking us on the road when we had so nearly reached our goal.
“But now we have acquired our rightful status, and I feel sure that history will show that the building of our nation proceeded at the wisest pace: it has been thorough, and Nigeria now stands well- built upon firm foundations,” Tafawa Balewa said.
However, since becoming an independent nation in 1960, Nigeria has not lived up to its potential.
Only the public officials celebrated Nigeria 60 years of Independent as the citizen marked the celebration with a nationwide protest in demand for restructuring and good governance since their leaders have continued to struggle on expectations.


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