Wednesday, 6 February 2013

President Jonathan Flags Off Nigeria's. Centenary Celebrations; Stakeholders Insist On Unity

President Goodluck

With an opulent dinner at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa Abuja, the Federal Government on monday night launched year long preparations towards the celebration of Nigeria's centenary slated to hold on 1st January 2014. 

President Goodluck Jonathan at the occasion encouraged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of oneness that had always spurred them to strive for greatness in all their pursuits in the past 100 years

The echo of one Nigeria threaded through all speeches made at this occasion a far cry from those that have mounted a vigorous campaign to stop the Federal Government from going on with these celebrations

Never in the history of the country has a celebration in Nigeria engendered so much debate, probably because Nigerians are normally a fun loving people

Something is therefore wrong and the people against the celebrations are saying that it is because this present administration has not provided protection for all constituent groups of the union that would encourage them to continue to be part of it

There are those particularly in the South East that argue that the political equations are so muck stacked against the region providing the political leadership in the country that perhaps it would be better to go it alone

And those from the South. West under the ambiguous and amorphous banner of PRONACO argue that the conditions for amalgamation have expired and all Nigerians must come together to renegotiate the terms for Nigeria's continued union

Despite these arguments,  all former leaders who spoke on this night fought for the unity of the country even under conditions where it would have been easy to let each ethnic nationality go its way

The consensus is that remaining together is the only way for Nigeria to keep its position of leadership in the world

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