Nigerians have taken to Twitter to mark the country’s 60th anniversary with divergent views on the progress made so far.
A hashtag battle has been going on in Nigeria on social media as people debate how to mark the anniversary.
Two hashtags #Nigeria60andUseless and #NigeriaAt60 have been trending as citizens express how they feel about the anniversary.
The #NigeriaAt60 trend appears to show citizens willing to celebrate the country’s progress so far and hope for a brighter future.
— Mike Edwards (@aireyys) October 1, 2020
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) October 1, 2020
— Abubakar Hidima Ph.D. (@Realoilsheikh) October 1, 2020
Happy #IndependenceDay my beloved #Nigeria.#NigeriaAt60 is a time for us all to be introspective, acknowledge our role in where we are today, and resolve to do better.
Trending #Nigeria60AndUseless is counterproductive. Pls let us enjoy today.
Good people, great nation ????? pic.twitter.com/otAktrUPZE
— Dr. Ameena (@amkmusty) October 1, 2020
Don’t give up on Nigeria!. We still have so much to be hopeful for as a country especially our huge natural and human capital resource potential and our ever-enduring and resilient and creative citizens. #NigeriaAt60 pic.twitter.com/FkeCrPJq1Z
— Shina Peller (@ShinaPeller) October 1, 2020
The #Nigeria60andUseless trend appears to show citizens expressing frustration over what they call the lack of progress in Nigeria.
— Tayo The Plug ??⌚? (@TayoThePlug) October 1, 2020
I don’t who this model is, but the picture really speaks a lot. This is the summary of the whole thing y’all tweeting under this thread. I really hope and pray for a better Nigeria.#Nigeria60AndUseless pic.twitter.com/vnHaFTEhue
— Olu Jacobs (@OIuJacobs) October 1, 2020
It’s another INDEPENDENCE DAY “Celebration” and i will bring this guy back again to give us the most perfect celebration ever. Since 2017, his words have remained GOLDEN and infallible. #Nigeria60AndUseless pic.twitter.com/zY8jPagJSn
— Maxvayshia™ ??✨ (@maxvayshia) October 1, 2020
— THABANG (@_TeqMokoena) October 1, 2020
60 years of Corruption and failed Governance.
60 years of crippling economy and declining democracy.
60 years of continues reliance on Oil and ethno-religious disunity.
— Señor Torreira!!! (@Xahraddeen_) October 1, 2020
As you are celebrating Nigeria at 60
Picture 1: President of Rwanda at the launch of Volkswagen plant in Rwanda at 58
Picture 2: President of Nigeria launching mangoes at 60
— MAZI CHIEMENA SAMUEL (ONOWU) (@ChiemenaS) October 1, 2020
Meanwhile Nigeria’s President in a speech appealed for unity as the country celebrates its 60th independence anniversary.
”An underlying cause of most of the problems we have faced as a nation is in our consistent harping on artificially contrived fault-lines that we have harboured and allowed unnecessarily to fester,” President Buhari said on Thursday.
Nigeria gained independence from Britain on 1 October 1960.