In lieu of Nigeria’s Diamond Jubilee Anniversary, Royal FM correspondents went out to the streets of Kwara to know the views of the masses on the topic.
Most Kwarans were of the opinion that the Independence anniversary is not worth celebrating, stating the failing economy as the major reason.
A man who identified himself simply as Olawale in his statement said that due to the problems in Nigeria such as increase in fuel price, food items, things are hard for the masses especially the poor.
“It’s not worth celebrating because right now there’s increase in fuel and there are many things that Nigerians are facing. During this period, things are hard for the people, for the masses. There is scarcity of food, there’s no food and in this kind of situation the poor are not enjoying right now because things are increasing in price” said Olawale.
A marketer, Miss Olufemi Abolarin, said that the over the years she has experienced constant increase in the prices of the products, lamenting that this current administration led by Pres. Muhammadu Buhari is the worst so far.
” There’s an economic breakdown and things are getting more expensive. The rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer.” stated Ms. Abolarin. “Every four years, we have change in government and it has gotten worse. Presently, it is worse, very very worse.”
However, Mr. Ibrahim expressed optimism concerning the journey of Nigeria , stating that the country is making progress despite the numerous shortcomings.
He said, “A lot of things has happened to Nigeria but we are going to get there, God’s willing. The democratic era has been trying to correct some things that were not done during the military era.”
When asked if Nigeria has gotten better or worse during the past 60 years, Ibrahim said “We are not better yet because in this age, countries are moving at a fast pace but we are crawling. But ultimately, we’ll get there.”
Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary comes at a time in which the country is battling a pandemic while also facing difficulties on the economic front.