Independence Celebration: “Nigeria is a Giant Work in Progress” – Uzuegbuna Okagbue

Special Report by Ebuka Onyekwelu

Taunted as a “dream killer”, Nigeria has earned a reputation of distrust amongst its own people. At a ripe age of sixty-two years, the expectation would have been that some aspects and structures of governance would be in place and functioning optimally, while others are still being worked on to meet expected standards.

Sadly, this is not the case. Reacting to the near consensus among Nigerians that theirs is a country that has refused to work for the people or for itself, Uzuegbuna Okagbue while admitting the enormity of work required to put the country on the trajectory of progress, also admitted that it’s a ‘long walk to freedom’.

“You see, no man or woman in Nigeria today will admit that this country, as it is today, mirrors his or her expectation. Not a single person can say this. This is a pointer that things are not working. Beyond that, it is evidence to something much more troubling which is the fact that Nigerians are not showing enough commitment to the country to make it work”, Okagbue said.

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