By Ambassador Chief C. D. Orike
Ambassador Orike is a lawyer. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in June 1961. He obtained an Honours Bachelor of Laws degree in Law from the University of London and a Masters degree in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London.) He was an elected member of the Nigerian House of Representatives in 1964.
1. NIGERIA AT 50
I am extremely happy to be alive to witness Nigeria celebrating her fiftieth Independence Anniversary. I therefore join fellow Nigerians in wishing the country a Happy Golden Jubilee Independence Anniversary. Such anniversary and the celebrations that go with it are certainly necessary. Because Nigeria survived fifty years of existence, despite the multifarious obstacles to national unity and peaceful co-existence in the Nigerian State, I sincerely send to the country, my CONGRATULATIONS! On the other hand, since the country can hardly be said to have achieved much structural-cum-economic development during the fifty years of Independence, even in spite of the billions of petro-dollars earned, I send to Nigeria, with deep sorrow, my SYMPATHY! I am far from happy saying this; still, the hard facts stare us all in the face.
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