It is no longer tenable to argue that the labour of our heroes past shall not be in vain is a justification for Odi, Zaki Biam or Baga. Those scars on our history are actually a desecration of the collective memory of our heroes past . . . it is
necessary, in our present circumstance, for all true patriots to appreciate that keeping Nigeria together does not and will never equate promoting peace among her peoples. For some odd reasons, many Nigerians do not see the difference; hence, the consistent century-long failure in our approach to confronting the issues that contend with true nation-building. For the avoidance of doubt, what Britain achieved on January 1, 1914 was the fusion of Colony of Lagos, Northern and Southern Protectorates into a distinct geographical entity – a country of diverse nations only. The legitimate expectation of the world as Nigeria turns one hundred (1914-2014) is that we would accomplish the task of amalgamating the bodies, souls and spirits of the various peoples of Nigeria into a nation truly so-called
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The Author Mr. Chuks Akamadu is a member of Federal Government of Nigeria Centenary Celebrations Planning Committee. Before now, he had served on the National Mirror Committee of Social Responsibility Standards (2005). He is a lawyer and an alumnus of University of Lagos. He did his post-graduate studies at National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) and is currently a Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Project Management (NIPM), as well as a Member of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). Mr. Akamadu is the Managing Director of Afrocultour Limited, founder and pioneer president of Centre for Ethical Rebirth Among Nigerian Youths (CERANY) and Initiator/National Festival Director of Songs of Nigeria Festival (SONIFES). He is, in addition, Secretary-General of Nigerian Universities Arts and Culture Festival (NUACFEST), erstwhile Secretary-General of Performing Musicians Employers’ Association of Nigeria (PMAN) and member, Abuja Writers Forum (AWF). Much earlier, Mr. Akamadu had variously served as: President, Press Club of Government College Owerri (1993); Editor-in-Chief, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos The Wigz magazine (2000); Chairman, University of Lagos Students Union Government (SUG) Press Committee (2000) and Chairman, Class of 2002 Yearbook/CD Committee, among others. He is happily married to Mrs Michelle Chuks-Akamadu.
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