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We Were Never One Country - Saraki Explains Why Nigeria Will Remain Work In Progress

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Former Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has stated that Nigeria will remain a work in progress due to the fact that it was created by the British as a result of the union of two countries for administrative purposes.

During an Independence Day lunch with diverse Nigerian youths held in Abuja over the weekend, Saraki said this in response to a question from DAILY POST about Nigeria's progress since its independence on October 1, 1960.

He stated that Nigeria should not be compared to other countries that lack diversity in their processes from the start.

The country's major problem, according to the former Senate President, is in the areas of leadership and values, and he blamed the citizens for it.

"I read a book about the formation of Nigeria and realized that we were never a single country. 

"We were two countries, but the British found it more efficient to combine the two for administrative purposes," Saraki explained.

"At the time, bringing the two countries together for commercial purposes made sense. Nigeria will be a work in progress from the beginning because it is such a diverse country. 

"As a result, we can't compare ourselves to other countries that lack diversity from the start.

"Despite the challenges we face...despite our differences, I believe we are a society that is very patient. 

"Based on what people are going through now, I believe most countries will not be able to handle it. We are willing to provide opportunities to others; we are young and eager to learn.

"And I believe we haven't been able to get leadership and values right. And when it comes to values, we must all bear responsibility. 

"For example, if someone appears in our neighborhood overnight and displays wealth, we simply accept them into our society...and that's it.

"Where are the values for hard work in a society that continues to allow that? Where is the reward for doing things correctly? What message are we trying to send? Is the message that we must scrimp and save? We need to redefine that as a country."





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