The definition given through Guibernau in 1996 captures the nation as: ‘a human group aware of forming a community, sharing a common tradition, connected to a truly demarcated territory, having a not unusual beyond and a not unusual mission for the destiny and claiming the right to rule itself’. So consciousness, territory, history and subculture, language and religion with a commonplace purpose all matter. Allow us to carry these kinds of definitions that look abstracts into practicality – in consideration of the definition of a nation, Nigeria cannot be categorically referred to as a nation but a country; a country with many nations.
This assertion may also cause an uproar within the mind of many Nigerians, however the earlier we tell ourselves the fact the better. I term Nigeria as a country and not a nation because; The nation building process has not taken off, neither did the governments pay any serious attention to it, as an alternative all of them used the slogan of ‘ONE NIGERIA’ as a propaganda device which remained inefficient because of corruption, selective judgment, nepotism, favoritism, ethnicity and spiritual bias. The Federal machine has up to now no longer labored out satisfactorily; there had been many agitations of dishonest, negligence, and sidelining and so on. The various ethnic nationalities and/or minorities had one time or the other accused the governments of socio-economic injustice, political exclusion and so forth. Everybody kept blaming the authorities for the mishap of our expensive country, forgetting the fact that; Democracy is government of the humans, via the human beings and for the human beings. For Nigeria to get out of this mess and be converted into what she’s meant to be, we need the aware effort of every citizen. We ought to let go of so many differences and, maintain a focus on a commonplace aim. Neglecting our differences and paying keen interest on what unites us will help Nigeria to acquire the peak we all desire.
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