Prof Alphonsus Nwosu, an elder statesman and former Minister, has shared poignant memories of Nigeria in 1960, highlighting a stark contrast to the present. He recounted walking seven miles to witness the raising of the Nigerian flag and spoke about Michael Opara, the former Premier of the Eastern Region, who had limited possessions
In an interview with The Sun, Nwosu expressed concern about the current state of affairs, where individuals are accused of embezzling staggering amounts like N100 billion. He also lamented the existence of plea bargains.
In Nwosu’s words: Why are people looking at things as if they never existed. In 1960, I walked for 7 miles and not kilometers to watch the lifting of the Nigerian flag. The former Premier of Eastern Region, Michael Opara didn’t have a property where he lived. He didn’t have anywhere. He only had one in Umuahia which he got through a loan. When he died, people raised money to build a befitting house for him where he was buried. He didn’t have any earthly possessions. Today, how can one man embezzle over N100 billion? And I hear about plea bargains. These things didn’t exist before”.