The Schemings to shun our voices.
Nigeria my fatherland. A verse in her National Anthem says and I quote, "The labor of our heroes past shall never be in vain." This has since been a prayer point of every citizen of this great country Nigeria. The giant of Africa they call Nigeria. One of the greatest countries blessed with numerous mineral resources. Nigeria is a country blessed with numerous talented individuals and great people of great minds. Where did she get it wrong i ask myself? But the answers stand afar beckoning on me. I refuse to move closer because I already know what the answer is.
The Federation of Nigeria was granted full independence on 1 October 1960 under a constitution that provided for a parliamentary government and a substantial measure of self-government for the country's three regions.
From 1959 to 1960, Jaja Wachuku was the first Nigerian Speaker of the Nigerian parliament, also called the "House of Representatives." Jaja Wachuku replaced Sir Metcalfe of Britain. Jaja Wachuku revived Nigeria's instrument of Independence, also known as Freedom Charter, on 1 October 1960, from Princess Alexandra of Kent, the queen's representative at Nigerian Independence ceremonies. Queen Elizabeth II was monarch of Nigeria and head of state, and Nigeria was a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations. The Federal government was given exclusive powers in defense, foreign relations, and commercial and fiscal policy. The monarch of Nigeria was still head of state but legislative power was vested in a bicameral parliament, exclusive power in a prime minister and cabinet, and judiciary authority in a Federal Supreme Court. Political parties, however, tended to reflect the makeup of the three main ethnic groups. The Nigerian People's Congress(NPC) represented conservative, Muslim, largely Hausa and Fulani Interests that dominated the Northern Region. The northern region of the country, consisting of three-quarters of the land area and more than half the population of Nigeria. Thus the North dominated the FEDERATION GOVERNMENT FROM THE BEGINING OF INDEPENDENCE. This right here was where it all originated from.
In the 1959 elections held in preparation for independence, the NPC captured the highest seats, a total of 134 in the 312-seat parliament. The first post-independence national government was formed by a conservative alliance of the NCNC and the NPC. Upon independence, it was widely expected that Ahmadu Bello the Sarduana of Sokoto, the undisputed strong man in Nigeria who controlled the North, would be Prime Minister of the new Federation Government. However, Bello chose to remain as premier of the North and as the party boss of the NPC, selected Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, a Hausa, to become Nigeria's first Prime Minister.
Nigeria is still very much a tribal society where local and tribal alliances count more than "National attachment." The degradation of the economy started after the country got it wrong with its leaders. As of 1979, Nigeria was the sixth-largest producer of oil in the world with revenues from the oil of $24 billion per year. The electoral/polling system in the country had gone wrong since the country became a republic.
up to this present time, the youths of the country, with the largest population got tired of the continuous downslide of the Government and the economy at large. In the year 2020, there was a peaceful protest held in various states of the country. The country's largest population took out to the street to express that they were displeased with the government and its present administration. The news was spread around the world and the second most active platform in Nigeria which is Twitter was the home for the protests. The administration sought to put an end to Twitter use in the country as of the year 2020 but couldn’t.
A few months back the agitation for a new government started right on the Twitter platform, the president who was formally a Head of state during the military regime of the country tweeted a tweet not pleasant to twitters policy and it was hereby deleted. The next few hours after the incident the administration banned Twitter from operating in the country. This has since caused a bridge in the fundamental human rights of the country’s citizens, the right to freedom of speech. Jobs have been lost and a lot of companies have been destabilised by this new development.
The schemes they do to shun our voices from been heard.
About the author
Olalekan Adeeko is an author, podcaster, public speaker, and he advocates for gender equality.
He loves traveling, and meeting people.
He is the author of the best-selling book "Success is free; only if you are ready to pay the price."