Former Minority Whip House of Representatives, Hon. Samson R. Osagie has said that there is an urgent need for fresh air of nationalism and absolute patriotism of the Nigerian nation by its people and leadership.
He said the call has become necessary after 60 years of cohabitation, so the people can now think as Nigerians rather than as Ibos, Hausas, Yorubas or Benins.
Speaking in Benin City he argued that, “The trajectory of the Nigerian nation from the time of independence in 1960 has been one of mixed progress and challenges. Of course, the challenges has been most debilitating”.
“At 60, Nigeria has attained a significant milestone in age to be able to begin to surmount its numerous challenges. Although the country has managed to remain as one indivisible entity, it’s people has remained largely divided, even much more, than they were at independence”.
Osagie said, “Our collective destiny is inexorably tied to our nationhood and unless and until we eschew bigotry, nepotism, ethno-religiious chauvinism, our nationalistic spirit will remain docile”.
It is his considered opinion that the nation’s ability to sustain democracy for about half of her nationhood which has in its wake brought some measure of freedom and progress with its trappings of imperfect electoral system deserve commendation.
He asserted that as a people, “We must therefore going forward, embrace our national development with the singleness of mind and unity of purpose as one nation with one destiny”. #