Nigeria is celebrating 58 years of existence and following are the thoughts of Abdulrahman Abubakar, one of the chief disciples of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) on issues bordering about Nigeria and her continued existence as a nation, in an exclusive interview with O’star Eze. He is of the view that Nigeria is being controlled by a small group of elites who pay allegiance to the colonialists and that Ndigbo deserve more honour than they receive in the country
Nigeria’s independence anniversary celebration is supposed to invoke special feelings amongst the citizens but it appears to have become a day of speech-making by political leaders. What do you make of this trend?
There is nothing to ride back home as to the Independence Day celebration because the country is in total dependence to the colonialist masters. Just look at the health sector; the president spent months in the UK for medical tourism. If such is the case, then how can there be any feeling from the common man who has been subjugated and his rights trampled upon by the elites?
After 58 years as an independent nation, do you think there is something worth celebrating about Nigeria?
You do celebrate when you progress in what you strive to achieve. After 58 years of the Nigerian independence, all that the founding fathers have achieved has been ruined by those that came after them.
The United Kingdom was built with the resources that our forefathers produced. For example – The groundnut pyramid, cotton, banished, hide & skin from the North. Cocoa, Rubber, Timber from the Southern part of Nigeria.
Agriculture was the backbone of the economy then, but today, even the food we eat is being imported into the country, whereas we have vast land that can produce what we can consume and export to other countries to generate foreign reserves for future investments and developments.
Unfortunately, the reverse is the case.
What is your personal assessment of Nigeria‘s progress in comparison with other nations that gained independence in the 1960s?
Nigeria ranked as 6th on the list of oil producing countries. Petroleum was discovered in Nigeria at the same time when it was discovered in Iran, for example. Today, Iran excels in Petrochemical industry as against Nigeria because of self determination and independency.
Malaysia requested for Palm trees seedlings in the 1960s from Nigeria but today, Malaysia is the world largest producer & exporter of Palm oil.
Ethiopian economy depends on its national carrier, that is, the Ethiopian Airways, but the one time Nigeria Airways National carrier is nowhere to be found, only designed logo. It is a pity.