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Nigeria’s Diamond Jubilee: National Sovereignty Lessons From Golden Jubilee, 10 Yrs Ago.

Nigeria’s Diamond Jubilee: National Sovereignty Lessons from Golden Jubilee, 10 yrs ago.
By Emmanuel Bagudu

The Gavel hit hard against the mischief makers. They stood helplessly as their hopeless fate written and read for over five hours reached the comprehensive grip of a well-represented number of Nigeria’s Human right, Media and the Civil Society communities. They were to spend the rest of their lives in jail for daring to allow themselves be used as mischief makers that will dare disrupt the merriments of Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary.

For eight good years they tried to proof a case but the blood of the innocent twelve they killed in their escapades keep crying. They exhausted all their resources hiring the best lawyers in the land to justify their actions. It didn’t work for them. “….The defendants are found guilty as charged in the five out of the eight-count charge contained in the amended charge dated January 10, 2011 and filed January 11, 2011, which relate to them. They are accordingly convicted as charged.

Furthermore, the court dismissed the convicts’ plea for clemency, and agreed with the prosecuting counsel, Dr. Alex Iziyon (SAN), who had urged the court to discountenance the convicts’ allocutus (plea for mercy)”
“The convicts are hereby sentenced to life imprisonment”
Trial Judge Gabriel Kolawole now Appeal Court Judge Stated in a judgment that had over five hundred persons in attendance in a just a hundred capacity court room. That was in 2018 during Nigeria’s Golden Jubilee when Charles Okah his friend obi Nwabueze dared set a bomb that killed twelve persons in Nigeria’s 50th Independent Anniversary in 2010.

Its ten years now since the landmark Judgment, and to ask whether there is any need to learn from the event of the golden jubilee in the Diamond jubilee, the answer is a Yes!

First to learn from this lesson is the Muhammadu Buhari led Federal government. “…from midnight Wednesday, 30th September, 2020, all routes leading to the eagle square , Abuja, will be blocked”
“Consequently, Shehu Shagari Way, Ahmadu Bello Way, outward and inward-bound Airport Roads and adjoining roads will be blocked to traffic”
“Also, the Federal Secretariat Complex will be evacuated by 2.00pm on Wednesday, 30 Sept. 2020, which means all workers within the precinct of the Eagle Square are expected to vacate their offices from that time…”

With this caution of the October 2010 bomb blast case from 2011 to 2018 one can vehemently agree with the Federal Government’s improved security around the Eagle Square, venue of the independent Parade.

It’s a call for national caution that Nigerians must take serious. Being 60 as an independent nation is quite significant but not a good achievement to those unaligned with the Nigerian Dream. Nigerians must value its diamond jubilee in a jealous manner that will attract patriotic reference.

Emmanuel Bagudu
Author: Emmanuel Bagudu

Abuja based award-winning multimedia journalist

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