Most Nigerians find Independence worth celebrating
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE majority of Nigerians consider unity of the nation as the most important achievement the nation has attained since independence 55 years ago.
This is according to a survey held ahead of Independence Day celebrations, suggesting 20 percent of Nigerians believe this has been the biggest achievement.
This is placed alongside alongside Telecommunications (15 percent) and Democracy (13 percent).
According to NOIPolls, the firm that conducted the survey, these have remained consistent in the top three greatest achievements of Nigeria as perceived by Nigerians over the past three years.
Moreover, security topped the list of the most important issues Nigeria as a nation should address in the next one year as reported by majority of Nigerians (22 percent each).
More findings revealed that most Nigerians (84 percent) believe the Nigerian Independence day is worth celebrating because it signifies ‘the day Nigeria was liberated from colonial rule’ (26 percent) and some say ‘it fosters Peace and unity’ (13 percent) in the country amongst other positive reasons. On the other hand, some Nigerians (16 percent) think the Independence day is not worth celebrating, mainly due to ‘poor development’ (23 percent) in the country, hence no need to celebrate the Nigerian Independence Day.
Finally, as Nigeria celebrates 55 years of independence, Nigerians have declared they love being Nigerians and this is mostly due to the perceived ‘peace and unity’ (22 percent) that exist in the country, as well as the ‘cultural diversity’ (16 percent) as one of the key characteristics of the nation.
Nigeria celebrates Independence Day on Thursday.
The opinion poll was conducted in the week of September 21.
It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. Some 1 000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.
“With a sample of this size, we can say with 95 percent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise – within a range of plus or minus 3 percent,” NOIPolls said.
– CAJ News
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