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Nigeria Celebrates 54 Years of Independence plus key events from 1960
| October 01, 2014
After 60 years of struggle and oppression under direct British rule, Nigeria gained its independence from the British on October 1, 1960 and today marks Nigeria's 54th year of independence. In Abuja, President Goodluck Jonathan addressed the nation and reinstated his commitment to do the right thing and improve the standard of living for all citizens of Nigeria. In his speech, he said, "Fellow Nigerians, our 54 year-journey as a nation has not been easy. There have been tough periods, but the Nigerian spirit and the unflagging resilience of our people have seen us through. We will continue to march forward to greater heights. "We have been able to sustain a big, strong and influential country with a robust economy. We are currently in our sixteenth year of uninterrupted democratic rule, daily improving on the consolidation of our democratic process." "Our Administration has made a commitment to ensure that we build and sustain a democratic infrastructure anchored on free and fair elections. International and local observers have attested to the positive evolution of electoral credibility and we cannot afford to relent." We will continue to ensure that the will of the electorate prevails so that political leaders would be reminded at all times that there is a day of reckoning when they have to go back to the people at the polls. Election days must not be days of violence and death. We must remain vigilant to ensure that our electoral process is characterised by peace, security and transparency." To commemorate Nigeria's Independence Day, here are some key events in Nigeria's history since Independence. Nigeria’s independence - October 1, 1960 After 60 years of British rule, Nigeria became an independent country, within the Commonwealth, on October 1, 1960. First Nigerian Republic - 1963 After gaining independence in 1960, the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1963 cementing Nigeria's status as a truly independent country. First National Elections - 1964 Nigeria held its first national elections in December 1964. The Biafran War - July 6, 1967 The Nigerian Civil War, or the Biafran War as it is also known, was a result of the attempted secession of the southeastern provinces of Nigeria as the self-proclaimed Republic of Biafra, which left more than a million civilians dead. Nigeria's Second Rebublic - 1979 (October 1) General Obasanjo handed over to Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Shagari (Executive President of Nigeria). won Military Coup overthrows Shehu Shagari's government. 1983 (December 31) Major-General Muhammed Buhari led a military coup that overthrew the government of Shehu Shagari. Buhari suspended the 1979 constitution and arrested Shagari and other civilian politicians. Return to Civilian rule - 1999 (May 29): Former Military Head of State, Olusegun Obasanjo, is sworn in as Nigeria's democratically elected civilian President. Successful transition of power from one democratic government to another - 2007 For the first time in its history, Nigeria experienced its first peaceful transition of power when Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua took control from his predecessor, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Read more Key events and dates in Nigeria's History

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"Coming In From The Cold"    In California, U.S.A.    October 02, 2014
This is nothing but cajoling; pure rhetoric as usual, and full of B.S. and insincerity. How can anyone say Nigeria is ok or progressing. At least I am happy that Jonathan did not even say anything about corruption being reduced because he knows everybody will know that's a lie.

54 years of retrogression and still counting. Oyinbo man came to enslave us and our own people continue to perpetuate this enslavement by stealing us blind way beyond their needs and ridiculing us in the worst way one can imagine.

There is nothing in order in our country. Everything "jagajaga"; no leadership; no progress. There was nothing like "okada" when the white man left us. We have become much richer by way of oil and yet we are using motorcycles as mode of transportation as if we are poor. We can't even plan our cities well or plan for better roads which is the main reason we now use okada because they can go to places that are not motorable.

Stop lying to us; stop deceiving us; stop stealing from us; just stop doing anything; we know anything you do is unprogressive. What is the use of self-governance when we can't even do it right.

I have lived in oyinboman's land for donkey's years and I like it much better than where I came from. Yet it is not a perfect land. It has its own troubles too; e.g., racism. So, you know I am not expecting Utopia. But at least I can fight racism to an extent. How can you fight a fusillade of problems, caused by financial corruption, that my country provides.

Why can't our own laws catch and punish the thieves when the same laws can do so in another county? Why are our leaders bigger than our laws?

Wahala dey o.
OMOTAYO, J. A.    Brussels, BELGIUM    October 02, 2014
The lies on economy cannot now be substantiated. In America, a country we copy, new job creation is published every month. Where is ours? What makes a robust economy, squandermania, looting, corruption and gross mismanagement? Now that the price of crude has started to fall, we shall soon see who is lying: Mr. Jonathan or Mr. Omotayo.
The earlier we stopped the deceit, the better. Mr. Jonathan did not tell us why the peasants (Agbekoya) came out preparing for war after the Osun State election result was about to be declared. But we know that the presidency was figured in a planned rigging that the peasants wanted to resist.

In 2011, my first daughter narrowly escaped death in Kano where she was on NYSC scheme and was deployed to a polling station. The massive rigging then caused the North to burn. Are these the signs of electoral credibility? If Mr. Jonathan has nothing true to say, it is better not to address the nation. Enough of the lies.
God save Nigeria.
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