Remembering A United Nigeria on June 12 at The Ellis Park Stadium

Obadina Enitan Ireti, Oluwafemi@@enitanobaContributor IMay 31, 2010

ACCRA, GHANA - FEBRUARY 3:   Fans cheer during the quater final AFCON match between Ghana and Nigeria held at the Ohene Djan Stadium on February 3, 2008 in Accra, Ghana. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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June 12, 1993, presidential elections were held throughout Nigeria, and the good people of the country showed the world a glimpse of a united Nigeria.

They voted willingly, putting aside all the prejudices that had hitherto divided them (ethnic, religion and culture) as a people; and the rest, as they say, is history.

17 years on from that historic day, the true meaning of Nationhood for the citizens of
Nigeria will be put to the test as the National football team, the Super Eagles, will line out against the albiceleste of Argentina in their first game of Africa's first world cup on June 12, at the Ellis park Stadium in South Africa.

The 1993 elections redefined Nigeria’s concept of unity, and showed a people eager and willing to work together and make Nigeria a great country.

The question on the minds of supporters of the Nigerian nation is, can the game against Argentina reignite the same patriotic zeal just like in 1993?

It is of note that the average Nigerian is a football fanatic, and the preparations of the
team have not go down well with the fans after the Nigeria football federation decided to appoint a new coach for the Super Eagles 3 months before the World Cup.

But in usual fashion, the Nigerian people will come out in huge numbers to support the team against the world class Argentines in their opening game.

The elections broke all well known myths woven around our country by ourselves and even by non-Nigerians, and the expectations in the country is that while celebrating the famous June 12, the Super Eagles will break all the myths of always loosing out to Argentina at the World Cup.

On head to head, the Super Eagles have lost two and drew once against Argentina at the World Cup; scoring once and conceding three in the process.