Lagos - The true identity of most Nigerians first lies in being Nigerian than as members of various Nigerian tribes.
This is according to yearly Independence Day Special Edition Poll results released by NOIPolls Limited, the regional polling firm, which revealed 90 percent were proud of being Nigerian first then their respective tribes.
This sense of identity is further displayed by the declarations on the lovable attributes of the country Nigeria where a higher percentage of respondents affirmed they love the ‘Unity of the nation’ when asked what they love most about the country.
The Independence Day poll has also established that most Nigerians remember the 1960 Independence Day either through personal experiences or through the preservation and sharing of history.
A significant aspect of the memory of the Independence Day in 1960 is centered on “Liberation, Freedom, and Independence”, where some respondents reported directly that they remember the independence day as ‘a day which marks Nigeria’s liberation from slave trade; from colonial masters.’ Moreover, some Nigerians remembered ‘the display of the formal ceremony, fireworks and the raising of the Nigerian flag.’
A view of the perception of Nigerians on the amalgamation of Nigeria, revealed that most Nigerians (70 percent) believe the country has fared better as one nation since 1960, on the contrary, 30 percent of Nigerians believe Nigeria would have fared better as separate entities.
More findings from the Independence Day poll revealed that, ‘Democracy’ continued to remain the greatest achievement of Nigeria since Independence as indicated by the highest proportion of respondents in 2014 (19 percent) and in 2013 (22 percent).
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While telecommunications was given priority as the second greatest achievement in 2013, ‘Unity of the Nation’ is of more importance as an achievement in these present times. Given these achievements, Nigerians have also reported ‘Security’ (32 percent) as an issue of priority which needs to be addressed in the next one year. ‘Corruption’ and ‘Job creation’ (which has consistently gained the attention of Nigerians even in the past years) are other top issues to be addressed in 2014 amongst others.
The Amalgamation of the British protectorates in 1914 and the subsequent Independence of the nation in 1960 has been very symbolic in the history of Nigeria.
On October 1 1960, the sovereign rights of the Nigerian nation seized by the British were eventually recovered and welcomed with great joy by the Nigerian people.
Since then, October 1 has been celebrated annually to mark the independence of a people that had been under decades of colonial rule. Wednesday marks Nigeria’s 54th Independence celebration.
– CAJ News