Nigeria at 54: Fitful growth of democratic institutions
As Nigeria celebrates 54th Independence anniversary today, divergent views have continued to greet the country’s achievements in various sectors since October 1, 1960 .While some describe the country as a toddler at 54 others, give kudos to the country’s organs of government for their achievement despite the short time democracy was allowed to thrive in the country. One of the bitter experiences the country went through few years after independence was the civil war. Between 1967 to 1970, the country fought a civil war that almost divided the country. The ability of the military government at that time to successfully prosecute the war without any part of the country seceding has been described as one of the achievements of General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) who was the military Head of State at that time. Nonetheless, the country has been facing numerous socio-economic and political development since then. At present, the protracted battle against terrorism has compounded the general insecurity in the country. Some Nigerians believe that despite apparent drawbacks, the country has not done too badly. Kola Jamodu, President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) believes that despite some challenges facing the country, especially in the area of security, the country is not doing badly in all areas, particularly in communication. He stated that the country has made a significant progress in communication that must be appreciated by all, noting that even the erratic power supply in the country is being looked into by the government.