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NIGERIA’S IMAGE BEFORE INDEPENDENCE –60 YEARS AGO — OCCURRENCES THAT SHOULD BE EMULATED TO SHAPE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE IDEAL

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Anybody born after 1966 and who has not made extra conscious efforts to read the history off modern political development in Nigeria is apparently uninformed about how our dear nation was born and the patriotic efforts of our past political leaders who fought brilliantly to free Nigeria from colonial rule.  Whoever would claim to understand how the first republic crashed must be at least ten (10) years old when those unfortunate political developments occurred. Therefore, many people have a faint idea of political struggles and emancipation and Nigeria’s contributions to peace and political freedom in Africa. STANDARDS: Below are excerpts from the Hansard (Record of Proceedings on the consideration of the Bill for Nigeria’s Independence on the Floor of the British Parliament in 1960) Between that golden era and now, there are enough reasons to ask why! and why!! and why!!!. If we as citizens of Federal Republic of Nigeria find it difficult to improve on the records handed down to us in various spheres of human endeavour (not only political governance) we should at least strive to maintain the enviable standards. What has happened to the culture of reading and preparing for the future? Older concerned Nigerians complain every so often that the reading culture today is very horrible. In fact, majority no longer read. Those in positions of leadership don’t read. That is the truth. And if you don’t read, then how do you broaden your horizon and develop your faculties? Regrettable, nobody reads any longer. The reading culture is poor. WARM DISPOSITION: Read what British Parliamentarian, Mr. F. M. Bennett (Torquay) said about Nigeria and Nigerians during the 1960 Debates on the Bill for Nigeria’s Independence as recorded in the Hansard: ‘’First, one finds probably as strongly in Nigeria as anywhere else in Africa a rare political maturity and sense of dignity which are not always to be found elsewhere. There are no chips on any shoulders, racially or otherwise, in Nigeria. That is one of the first features that one finds so pleasant when visiting that country.Another factor to which we should pay tribute is that in Nigeria, although there is respect for good government and law and order, there are no signs at all of any of the autocratic trends which have distressed some of us in other places. ‘’Last year, it was my privilege to attend the celebrations of Northern Nigerian independence. ‘’I recall one…

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