Check: Why Nigeria is going down the hill —Ekwueme
Former Vice President Alex Ekwueme has warned that unless Nigeria learns from the mistakes of the past, it would continuously go down the hill.
Ekwueme spoke yesterday, in Lagos, at a public lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of Chief Samuel Lodoke Akinola, a former Premier of the defunct Western Region. He said Akintola was one of those who made Nigerian politics interesting in the First Republic. Also speaking at the event, Prof. Akinjide Osuntokun, the guest lecturer, whose piece was titled, Tomorrow As Yesterday: The Essential Samuel Ladoke Akinola, noted that 50 years provide a time- frame within which an objective assessment of past events can be viewed.
He regretted that five decades after Akintola was cut down by a band of rebellious soldiers in a coup d’ etat that led to a chain of events that disrupted democratic trajectory of Nigeria, the consequences still haunt Nigeria.
“The dust of history presumably would have settled and emotional trauma would somehow have been healed because time is a healer. Therefore what happened in the past even though it has implication for the present and for the future does not necessarily determine the trajectory of events in the present,”the professor stated.. “History repeats itself and, as George Santayana said, when history repeats itself, it comes as a tragedy and those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. This is why it is very important to study the past in order for the present not to repeat the mistakes of the past”.
Osuntokun however, said it is unfortunate that the country has not learnt from the lessons from the past, adding that this explained why it keeps doing the same thing and expecting different result.