Philip Atume

A Public Relations Consultant Bolaji Okusaga has reprimanded those criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari’s October 1, independent anniversary.

Speaking as a guest on “Today on STV”, Okusaga said in terms of hitting the bull’s eye and speaking through the fears and expectations of Nigerians, the speech actually caused hype.

He stated that everyone cannot be on the same platform in terms of the acceptance of the president’s speech or the lack of it.

He said the key things like the issues of restructuring and hate speeches that were creating unnecessary tension across the country were mentioned.

He also said the rhetoric is what Nigerians have always known because our leaders have not risen to the occasion of having rhetoric that engages.

He said that the truth should be told because Nigeria did not come into being as a result of agreement between the constituents, but Nigeria is a British creation.

He stated further that the whole idea of the amalgamation of 1914 was to leverage on economies of scale, but the administration up north was not making money as the one down south.

He said the British felt if they could bring the two protectorates, develop rail system, to get the goods from North to the port at the south and run an indirect rule administration.

 He revealed that societies that the British sought to bring together had different perspectives as regards the road to the future.

He said when the British did that, Flora Shaw said since Niger River is the common denominator; the name should be called Nigeria.

He said further that the British noticed differences in patterns of behavior and their reaction to things, and taxation using the indirect rule system saved a lot of money because they do not have to be everywhere.

He also said Since the British noticed that in bringing Nigeria together, there wasn’t a consensus, around forging a nation to make it evolve; they went for a federal system.

He said there was an argument about succession that whilst the reality in British India allowed for secession, the constituents that made up India decided that they will go their separate ways.