In spite of President Goodluck Jonathan's pledge to better the lots of Nigerians in his new year broadcast, some Nigerians remain in the dark as to what 2015 has in stock for them after an enduring 2014.
Nigerians remain in the dark over 2015
They made this known in a cross-section of interviews with our correspondents in Enugu and Asaba, Delta state, in the early hours of Thursday. According to Miss. Iroegbu Nkechinyere Oluchi, a graduate of mass communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, year 2014 has not been a good year considering the records of unrest and insurgency in the country which has not been curbed till date.
She however committed 2015 into God's hand noting that the right leader should emerge at the end of the poll. "2015 is in the hands of God. Whoever God wants to be at the helm of affairs in this country, will be. In all, I'm expecting a year of amazing grace in all ramification" she said. Similarly, Mr. Michael Chukwudi Okeh, a lecturer in a University expressed his joy at seeing another year and looked forward for a better year ahead after a turbulent 2014. In his assessment of the previous year, Mr. Okeh said: "2014 is the year that closes the year of amalgamation of Nigeria which took place in 1914.
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The year witnessed a lot of challenges, insurgency and lots of trying times. Also the year the defending champion did not qualify for the African cup of Nations due to the storms". While explaining the fate of Nigeria in 2015, he believes that Nigeria while overcome despite all odds. "The president is being optimistic. Watching the antecedent of what happened in the past, where some people after the election made some felonious statements that Nigeria will be ungovernable.
Walking down the memory lane, it was after the 2011 election that Nigeria started experiencing bombing and killing. On that note, the president is sounding a note of warning that it will not be a business as usual," he said. He therefore enjoined Nigerians to be patriotic and security conscious about our environment, arguing that this would go a long way in curbing insecurity in Nigeria. In the same vein, Dr.Fidelis Emeka, in his assessment said, "2014 was a year of turbulence.
Reasons being that a lot of Nigerians including the leaders, do not believe in God. This has led to the unrest and insurgencies in the country", he said. While explaining the fate of Nigeria and the electorates in performing their obligation in the forthcoming general election, Dr. Emeka said, "People in the northern part of the country may not turn out in mass to exercise their right because of the insurgency. Then coming to the South and other parts of the country, people will turn out to vote for their candidates, but the fear is that some political parties might try to manipulate the vote".
Explaining his expectations for Nigeria in 2015, he noted that Nigeria would divide in 2015, owing to the various predictions of American government in 2011. On their part, Mr.Stephen and Mr. Abednego noted that their expectations this year was to accomplished some plans which they couldn't achieve in the previous year. President Goodluck Jonathan has reiterated his commitment to the development of Nigeria and the fight against terrorism in his new year broadcast to Nigerains on Thursday. "We have done a lot of painstaking planing in resolving the security challenge in the country", he said.
While highlighting some his achievement in the last four years President Goodluck Jonathan noted that he had recorded a landslide feat in areas like: Rehabilitation and expansion of rail transportation network; privatization of power; significantly reformed and increased local participation in oil and gas industry; Improved national wide asses of portable water from fifty-seven percent in 2010 to seventy percent at present; Significant progress in improving asses to primary, secondary and tertiary education by building and equipping the schools; National economy maintains a steady growth rate of close to seventy percent in the past four years and Creation of self employment opportunities.
"The 2015 national budget which is presently with the national assembly is targeted at increasing our effort in becoming a non-oil economy", he said. In the light of the forth coming election, the president still reassures Nigerians that his campaign and elections will not distract his administration. He enjoined the other tiers of the government to remain focused as well. "Nigeria will still maintain the record of free, fair and credible election", he said.
The president went on to urge Nigerians to enter the new year with renewed zeal and patriotism to serve our fatherland with love, honesty, faithfulness and hope for a greater tomorrow.
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