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Nigerians harp on patriotism, development on independence anniversary

Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Nmadi Azikwe, Tafawa Balewa and Uwafor Orizu at Nigeria’s independence

As the nation celebrates 59th independence anniversary, Nigerians have continue to call for a paradigm shift in patriotism, security, economy.

Politicians have been told to initiate policies that would accelerate growth to correspondent with rising challenges, according to Vice President, Historical Society of Nigeria, North Central Zone, Professor Samuel Aghalino, as he describes the country’s development in the last 59 years “as motion without movement”.

Those at the helm of affairs need to buckle up, he told Radio Nigeria’s AbdulRazak Bello in Illorin.

Provost, College of Law, Kwara State University, Professor Amuda Kannike said Nigerians should emulate the founding fathers, who led the country with committed as evident in their achievements, and called for orientation of the present generation.

There was so much hope for a great Nigeria at independence in 1960, renowned historian, Alhaji Lasisi Jimoh recalled.

Countries which also got their independence in 1960 along with Nigeria are Togo, Benin Republic, Cote’ de Voire, Senegal, Mauritania, Gabon among others.

Yusuf Abdulkadir

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