President of the Civil Rights Congress, Comrade Shehu Sani, has described the 1914 amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates by the British “as the start of our trip to a bounded future”.
The civil rights activist contented that despite the enormity of challenges confronting the country which has strained our faith and tested our collective resolve, Nigerians still look to the future with renewed hope, adding that “We are a people moulded to provide leadership and hope for Africa and the black race”.
Sani, in a statement issued yesterday in commemoration of Nigeria centenary celebration said: “We have come a long way and have a long way to go. We have been through the thin of the independence struggle to the thick of the civil war. We have been through the dreary and despicable era of colonial repression and plunder to the era of chaotic self-rule. We have been through the years of cruel military dictatorships to the years of democratic rule. We have climbed to the mountains of our fate and down to the valley of our future”.
He, therefore, implored Nigerians to extract from the bitter experiences those lessons that will keep the wheel of the future moving.
“The biggest hindrance to our country’s collective development is the persistence presence of pests and parasites in the corridors of power and nothing continually and negatively corrode our national solidity, solidarity and serenity than the ritual of manipulation of our ethnic and religious differences. We have lost so many good people to politics of ambition and self-interest, we have lost so many people to a period of senseless bloodletting and disorder, we have lost so many good people to neglect and insensitivity of the state, we have also lost so many people to a period of cruelty, infamy and abandonment”, he said.