The NALT Club International joins millions of citizens and friends of Nigeria to wish her happy Independence Anniversary as the country marks the 60th milestone of its existence as a sovereign nation. On October 1, 1960, Nigeria gained her political independence from colonial Britain and joined other liberated countries in sub-Saharan Africa to enjoy her freedom and autonomy.
In marking her 60th anniversary, the Nigerian Government has vowed to remain committed to promoting sound economic management, good governance, fostering economic and social development and contributing positively to the realisation and maintenance of peace, security, stability and development in Africa as a whole and West Africa in particular. It is further committing to the pursuit of democratic principles anchored on human rights of her citizens, free and fair elections, accountability and good governance.
While NALT Club International appreciates the laudable initiatives of the government, it is concerned that since independence, Nigeria has struggled with un-ending violent communal clashes and identity- based conflicts. Although Nigeria has been under democratic governance after years of military rule, internal security challenges continue to be complex, marred with an unstable political climate. Political and social rivalries, religious tensions, Farmer/Herder clashes, inequitable resource allocation and increasing poverty levels have incited extreme and on-going violence in Nigeria since the end of military rule in 1999. The Nigeria/Biafra War which erupted and sustained itself for nearly three years from 1967-70 as a result of the attempted breakaway from Nigeria by the then three eastern states, remains the biggest threat to the Nigerian project as it continues to linger through various guises including IPOB, MASSOB and others.
While Nigeria’s traditional ethno-religious conflicts have continued, new global challenges such as violent extremism, terrorism and religious fundamentalism and secessionist agitations, call attention to the hushed growing debate for the restructuring, the reconfiguration and re-composition of the entire systems in Nigeria. NALT Club International is convinced that the current spate of insecurity is a manifestation of deep-rooted and structurally entrenched crisis of development that has created the environment for the emergence of chronic conditions of poverty, unemployment, and inequality in the country. These, in turn, have led to frustration, alienation and, ultimately, social discontent that
spark violence and insecurity at the slightest provocation. Without the enabling environment, these conditions could not have metamorphosed into the serious national security challenges threatening to tear the country apart as we witness presently.
While everyday indeed is a day of peace, the symbolism of the Independence provides a unique platform to highlight the progress of the country, call attention to the gaps and reiterate the need for our collective efforts in building a democratic and nonviolence culture where the respect for basic human rights, social justice, peace, freedom and prosperity will sustain peaceful coexistence in our communities and in our Country.
NALT Club International is convinced that more than ever before, we must be working towards the prevention of the escalation of violence and destruction rather than reacting to outbreaks of such violence. It is in this regard that the incidences of violence in expressing electioneering grievances, discontent with the management and distribution of state resources and indeed all forms of grumbles in the country is regrettable and demands a concerted effort to ensure an end to such prevailing circumstances. Ultimately, preventing violent conflicts requires addressing underlying issues and conditions that create grounds for such violence to fester. In the immediate however, urgent actions are required to minimise mistrust and rebuild confidence towards the Nigeria’s electoral processes, participatory democracy and management of state resources. Beyond the numerous appeals for peace and various peace campaigns on a day like this, restoring public confidence that the pursuance of Social Justice shall be firm and fair to all with professionalism and impartiality is also critical.
As we celebrate and honour our hero’s past, NALT Club International members of over 10,000 Nigeria graduates across the globe:
- Call on all the citizens who express their grievances through acts of violent extremism in form of religious fanaticism, ideological orientation, secessionist bids, among others to embrace peaceful dialogues and joint problem solving as a means of articulating their concerns and ensuring the stability of the state.
- Further call on those involved in all acts of ethnic, chieftaincy, land, communal and other forms of intra-state conflicts to cease fire and bring their concerns to a negotiation table and urge the concerned states and regions to provide an environment that will ensure such arbitrative and mediative actions.
- All the states going through or preparing towards elections and transition to do so in an atmosphere of non-violence and peaceful co-existence while respecting the rule-of-law and ensuring that citizens exercise their franchise without fear or favour;
NALT Club International is a nonprofit organization formed and registered in Nigeria to advance Social Justice, strengthen communities and provide a platform for networking through: The pursuit of social justice and fair Play; Advocacy for all peoples; Promotion and support for accountability and stability in the leadership; Good governance and effective public service delivery; Promotion of peace and security in our communities through the support for state agencies in crime prevention, youth mentoring, inter and intra group dialogues, etc.
It is the opinion and hopes of NALT Club International that as Nigeria marks this remarkable sexagenary milestone, it would adopt some of these more robust approaches aforementioned herewith in dealing with her challenges in order to finally set it on the path towards joining the league of stable, economically-viable and advanced nations she had actually started nationhood about the same time with.
Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria! Long Live NALT Club International!!
For: NALT Club International
Okenna Nnamchi [Teflon] – PRO, NALT Club International
Nwaeze, Okeoma – PRO, NALT Nigeria.