By Segun Adeniyi

Is this the same Nigeria that was visa free to England and other western countries?

Is this the same Nigeria that $1 was 71 kobo?

Is this the same Nigeria that had the largest airline in Africa and over thirty fleets of ship(River Contagora, River Ose, River this, River that)?

Is this the same Nigeria that flight ticket to London was N150?

Is this same Nigeria where Visa was not needed to travel to UK, but just pick your ticket to London like you are traveling to Abuja or Port Harcourt?

Is this Nigeria where return ticket to USA was N1,200?

Is this Nigeria which Dubai came to borrow money from, but dash them instead of giving them(Dubai) as loan?

Is this same Nigeria that Major General Yakubu Gowon said the only problem we have is how to spend our money?

Is this the same Nigeria that tear-rubber Peugeot 504 was less than N5,000 naira?

Is this the same Nigeria that had car assembly plants ( Peugeot and Volkswagen)?

Is this the same Nigeria that had great leaders like Zik, Balewa, Awo, Enahoro, etc?

Is this the same Nigeria that Indians and Pakistani used to come and apply for teaching jobs?

Is this the same Nigeria that was abroad to the Ghanaians, Liberians and others?

Is this the same Nigeria that spent billions fighting against apartheid regime in South Africa?

Is this the same Nigeria that spent billions on peace keeping in Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone?

Is this the same Nigeria that built housing estates in Lagos and Ogun states for refugees from Liberia?

Is this the same Nigeria that funded and hosted the first black arts festival?

Is this the same Nigeria where the consumption of CAN foods like geisha and sardines by students was seen as poverty?

Is this Nigeria where Peak milk was sold for 10 kobo, every other brand was sold 8 kobo downward?

Is this the same Nigeria that students were given jobs and car incentives in their final year in the university?

Is this the same Nigeria that secondary school students could travel to any other state unaccompanied, without fear whatsoever?

Is this same Nigeria where secondary school students from the West travel to the East or North for excursions and vis versa?

Is this the same Nigeria where nobody cared about religious affiliations, where Christians and Muslims coexisted amicably?

Is this the same Nigeria that was the giant of Africa?

Is this same Nigeria that was ahead of France and some other European countries in terms of development (courtesy Western Region of Nigeria)?

This is certainly not that Nigeria.
Oh Nigeria, there was truly indeed a Country.

By osibanews

Eliel Otote A is an Actor and Filmmaker, with a bias for journalism. He was a freelance feature writer with the Nigerian Observer in the 80's in Benin City, he also presented programmes on both radio and television. Eliel is the Editor and Publisher of OSIBAnews Network Magazine, of which this blog is an affiliate.

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